PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Writing is an art form that starts off as a solitary activity but ultimately becomes a collaborative endeavor.
Whether between the writer and the editor…
Or between the writer and the reader.
So with that in mind, with a few exceptions (i.e., certain people), I am generally pretty laid back about my writing because I know it’s always a work in progress.
With all that said, I have one major pet peeve in the writing world… plagiarism.
There’s absolutely no excuse for stealing someone else’s words.
It’s a tremendous violation and one unfortunate truth about the Internet—it makes plagiarism very easy to do.
The thing is, most writers want their work shared.
I never mind if someone shares my work, as long as it’s credited appropriately and my words aren’t twisted to some unintended meaning.
And there’s our Biblical tie-in.
God feels the same way about His Word.
In Proverbs 30:5-6 says, “Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Don’t add to his words, or he will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.”
His book is whole and perfect.
He wants us to share His words.
But we cannot twist them, take them out of context, leave out what we don’t like, or add to what is written.
It’s a serious offense.
Remember that game we played in elementary school where one person would whisper something to the person beside them and by the time the whispers traveled around the room, the last person’s interpretation was totally wrong?
That’s a prime example of why we have to read God’s Word directly from the source.
We can’t speak to what the Bible says based on hearsay.
God’s Word is alive and relevant; it’s His love letter to mankind.
The Bible is not a book you read once and put it away.
It’s an ongoing book to be read, savored, studied, and prayed over.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His perfect Holy Bible.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to passages that you need and to trust in the ultimate authority of God’s Word—God.
Ask Him to keep you from the temptation of believing hearsay but to always seek the Truth from the Bible.