Five Principles for Christian Writers
Biblical Text: Ephesians 4: 1 – 6
Focal Scripture: Ephesians: 4: 1b – 3
Are you a Christian writer that writes inspirational fiction or devotions to encourage Believers in Jesus Christ? Maybe you are a writer whose drive is sharing Christian themes and principles for the mainstream market.
Whatever your motivation, “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,” Ephesians 4:1b ESV (English Standard Version)
These verses give five principles that will help you: Walk In A Manner Worthy Of Your Call To Write
Principle One: Humility
As a Christian writer, you should be full of Jesus, not self. The temptation is to be full of ourselves. When this happens, we are at risk of treating others with contempt. It should be about others, not ourselves.
Principle Two: Gentleness
As a Christian writer, you should be bold but under control. This does not mean to be a wimp. Just as the power of a racehorse is under the control of the jockey, as a Believer, we need to be under the control of the Spirit of the Living God. Share the love Jesus and his teachings without beating the reader over the head with the Holy Bible. Share how God’s Word is applicable to everyday living.
Principle Three: Patience
As a Christian writer, we need to trust God believing His word would come true. We need to keep on keeping on. We need to accept the fact that it takes time to develop our writing craft.
It is better to have a limited audience and impact lives for Christ than to be a New York Times bestselling author and have no impact or testimony for Christ.
Principle Four: Forgiving Love
As a Christian writer, we need to realize Christian love covers a multitude of sins. We should write with a love that loves no matter what. We have all heard it said, “hate the sin, love the sinner.” Unconditional caring is what we must demonstrate as writers. After all, as a Christian, you are, by grace saved through faith, it is the gift of God.
In Christ, we need to love people from where they are to faith and growth in Christ.
Principle Five: Unity of the Spirit in the Bond Of Peace
Principal five is the sum of points one through four. All four points equal a bond of peace. We are bearing one another in love. Our writing should share and bring people to Christ, not drive them from Christ.
We need to realize it is not a geographical or a denominational thing; it is a Jesus and a God thing.
Encourage your friends, keep reading and writing.
Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.