My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 7: 1-3 Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (p. 531). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
As Christian writers, our witness must honor Christ. The world will not read or listen to hypocrisy. Proverbs 7: 1 (ESV) says, “My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live…” If a person follows the Lord, he/she must purposely embrace godly wisdom. Only the Bible has this wisdom. The Bible is God’s divinely inspired Word. It is the final authority in all matters. This includes human thought, speech and conduct. It is hypocritical for a person to say that they are a Christian, a Believer in Jesus Christ, if they deliberately, consistently violate His commandments. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
Proverbs 7:3b teaches one way to keep God’s teachings. It says, “… write them on the tablet of your heart.” When we internalize Scripture through memorization of the Word of God, His Word is in our heart to guide us. God’s desire isn’t to keep us from having fun, but rather to protect.
As Christian writers, we need to know and follow God’s Word. How we live is just as important as what we write.
Devotionals for Writers: Keep My Words by Jimmie A. Kepler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.