How many words?

Today I am guest posting on the Association of Christian Writers site about the importance of the words we use.

It seems that everything I write these days has a word count. Books, articles, blog posts and even tweets have a limit or recommended number of words.

It’s not a new thing. There has always been a guide for how we use words. In the New Testament Jesus talks to the Pharisees about how many words they are using. Matthew 6:7 (AMP) says:

“And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.”

The AMP version expands on what Jesus means by heaping up phrases and other translations use the words “babbling” (NIV) and “meaningless repetition” (NASB).

Jesus is saying don't talk for the sake of it, don't just fill the space or try to add in clever words. Short can be sweet, but it doesn’t mean cutting out the important stuff that needs to be said. . .   Continue reading at More than Writers 

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