Cut Unnecessary Words

God calls us to show mercy, but when it comes to your devotions, cut mercilessly!

Unnecessary words are the ruin of a good devotion. Cut words so you can:
1. Stay on point.
  • Check each paragraph and make sure each sentence fits the point of the paragraph.
  • Check each paragraph and make sure it fits the overall message of your devotion.
  • Don't include something, no matter how interesting, if it doesn't add to your message.
2. Be Concise.
Get rid of unnecessary words: stand, not stand up; turn, not turn around; Book-lover, not a person who loves books. Use the word "that" sparingly--if you can cut it, do!

3. Please your reader, not yourself.
Sometimes a phrase sounds so good on its own, but it doesn't fit well in the devotion. Get rid of it!

Cutting unnecessary words from your devotions will make your message clearer and more readable. It's well worth the effort. Also read Best Length for a Devotion.

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