Fireside: 5 Simple Words

“Yet in the church I had rather speak 5 words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than 10,000 words in an unknown tongue.”

1 Corinthians 14:19

No amount of practice can replace the supernatural wisdom it takes to condense substance into a single sentence. Anybody can teach with many words. Spiritual wisdom is required to make truth simple.

What can you have in 5 but not in 10,000?

A scientist trying to explain the science of evolution is like a politician making promises. They both are senseless masses of words and letters piled on top of each other expected to be ‘meaningful’. The Bible is beautiful because it is just what God wanted to say, clear and concise.

The Bible says, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:” (1 Corinthians 2:4) “Enticing words” is salesman talk. They wear you down with so much babbling until you buy what they’re selling for peace and quiet!

More dangerous than that, is “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin:”(Proverbs 10:19) Bob Jones Sr. used to say, “Simplicity is truth’s most becoming garb.” When you begin to see a large thesis to prove a point, watch out! Self-proclaimed sages think they will heard for their much speaking. The Bible disagrees: “but he that refraineth his lips is wise.”

Our apostle, Paul, echoes the sentiment of Solomon in this passage. What is the value in five short, simple words? Here are some thoughts, Biblical and otherwise, that say volumes in just a phrase.


“Ask, and ye shall receive”

“Seek, and ye shall find”

“Lord, teach us to pray”

“In everything give thanks”


“But after this the judgment”

“For his mercy endureth forever”

“Ye must be born again”

“Greater love hath no man…”

“God be merciful to me…”


“The power of the cross”

“I have overcome the world”

“I will, be thou clean”

“I am crucified with Christ”

“Against such there is no law”


My God is greater than.- Chris Brown

“The Lord is my shepherd”

“Be strong in the Lord”

Sin is an inside job. -Adrian Rogers


“Education without salvation is damnation.” -Dr. Peter Ruckman

“Unsought advice is seldom heeded.” -Anon.

“Wisdom is the principal thing”

“Get understanding: forget it not”

“Ignorance does not equal innocence”

“Being faithful is being successful.” -Bob Jones Sr.

“Two are better than one”


“God loveth a cheerful giver”

“Live like no one else.” – Dave Ramsey

“My God shall supply all…” 


“Cut yourself loose from yesterday.” -Adrian Rogers

“Surely, I come quickly. Amen.”

“And hope maketh not ashamed”

“I am with you alway”

As always, I trust this will bless you as you meditate. If you have five words of wisdom, please add your comment below. Until next time.

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