John 10: 4-5: And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.
Over the 16 years that my husband and I have been married, I would estimate that we have spoken millions of words to each other. Some have been informational, some have been directional, some have been purposed to probe the heart, and some have been revelatory. But every word, for better or worse, has been part of the picture of our marriage. Some of the nitpicking and critical words I wish I could take back. Other words, like words of encouragement and praise, I am trying to say more often. But each and every word has been a brush stroke on the canvas of the marriage we now have.
This is true for every relationship. Our words are powerful and have the ability to create or tear down, offer peace or instill fear, give hope and direction or confuse and distract.
The power of words originated with God. God created everything seen and unseen with words. He could have used thoughts or He could have used His hands. But He chose to speak everything into being.
And God still speaks. He hasn’t changed over time, as many falsely teach. He upholds the words He has already spoken and He speaks new fresh things to his children. He tells us in John 10:4-5 that his sheep hear his voice and the voice of another they will not listen to or follow.