Sunday, February 10, 2019

Remembering The Power Behind Our Written Words

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. Luke 6:46-47 (The Message)

I get a lot of joy from the blogs I follow. They give me energy when I’m down and life to an otherwise lackluster day. These are frequently written by people I’ve worked with or met at conferences or who’ve been in my classes. Be warned, if you’ve been one of my students, I do keep up with you.

Many have commented that they wonder how I keep up with so many. I readily admit I don’t read every blog, every day. If I did, I’d never get anything done.

But I do pay attention to the post titles and try to pay attention to that gentle tap on my spiritual shoulder when I need to stop and read one. It’s ALWAYS a blessing. God has spoken to me so clearly through so many of you. I wish I had the time to tell each of you in person how you’ve impacted my life. I know I could never adequately explain, so my prayer is that, in Heaven, you’ll get to see the result of your faithfulness.
That said, I also see a lot of stuff through social media. There are short updates, and advertisements of blogs I don’t follow. Sometimes I find a hidden gem, but more often than not, these blogs have the opposite affect on my spirit, leaving me enervated and sad.

So often these words are penned with ulterior motives that are less than uplifting. Yes, they may be trying to build up a point—but the result is tearing down a person in the process.

The contrast between these two types of written words have made me wonder about my own words. Am I exemplifying Jesus and bringing life with my words, or am I draining life from someone who is already hurting? 

I’m not talking about watering down the Truth of God’s Word. But I am talking about the motive behind my words. Do I quickly dash off something because I think someone needs to learn a lesson? Or maybe I  write something harsh because I, or someone I love, has been hurt?

No matter what, I'm learning that my words carry power—to hurt or heal.

In light of what I’ve seen, I’ll be choosing my words with more care, more love, and a heart of compassion.

Remembering the power behind our written words - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)


  1. Yes, yes & yes! As we just read earlier this week, right? First draft is for us - revisions for the rest to see. In texts/blogs/social media - revise for clarity AND kindness. So many hurting people in this growing video-focused world, our writen words need to point to love & grace - even when we disagree.

    1. Chris, agreed! Thank you for taking time to comment! Blessings, E

  2. Great message. Our words and our actions can truly help or harm. The main focus in my writing is to draw people closer to Him.

    1. Melissa, I love your focus! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Blessings, E