Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
our lips are with us; who is master over us?” Psalm 12:1-4.
Words are powerful. We can use them to do great harm and build up. With them we create our own worlds and write our own story. But they must get past the editor-in-chief. After all, He is the creator of the world, and His is the greater story.
When writing for publication, it is a good idea to find out what the editor wants, so that your manuscript will be accepted. It is He who cuts off the lying lips and the boastful tongue.