I’ve been learning a bit about words, and how they’re used, and why they’re used over the past few months. I was going to try and write something about it, but I’ve found that I can do no better than this article by Dane Ortlund. Here’s a taster…
Our words to one another about one another not only describe reality. They also create reality.
“You idiot!” does not simply assess what is objectively true to the speaker. It also produces, in the one spoken to, death and darkness. Not only do our words reveal what is true of us, they also generate reality for another. Specifically, our words are either death-bringing or life-giving. Either depleting or nourishing, draining or filling.
Read the whole, excellent article here.