THEME: GIFT OF TONGUES
1 Corinthians 14:20-22
“Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature. In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord. Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.”
-God speaks to us through the gift of tongues, but it may occur as a sounding gong if not interpreted. It is one way that God reveals His divine purpose to us. From the Old Testament, we also find that Moses was instructed by God to instruct Aaron what he should say to the people and that he shall be like God to Aaron (Exodus 4:16). John 10:34, reveals Jesus’ words saying,”Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”‘? Therefore, those who bear the gift of speaking in tongues reveal God’s message to many. It is vital then that we become babes in malice and mature in understanding, seeking God’s wisdom in all matters.
It can be noted that little prominence has been given to the gift of speaking in tongues during the present time. Although the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 14 has disclosed the importance of speaking in tongues, only a handful desire it. According to apostle Paul, we should all speak in tongues and much more prophecy (1 Cor 14:5). Further, before we ask for any spiritual gifts, we should pursue love. Since these gifts have a supernatural impact on our lives, love safeguards the interests of the bearers, and those of the beneficiaries. For one to speak in tongues, he/she must desire it from the heart and the Holy Spirit gives us without partiality. Matthew 7:11 tells us that, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” The holy Spirit gives us these gifts as He wills. When the day of Pentecost came, the disciples were gathered in one place, and the Holy Spirit came upon them mightily and they spoke in tongues. In the same manner when Simon Peter was sent to minister unto Cornelius the centurion, the Holy Spirit came upon him, his family and friends, and they spoke in new tongues. Many among the Jews were astonished at this having the notion that Gentiles were excluded from the commonwealth of God. Christ in His merciful love died for us so that through His grace we may become one in Him. As Christians and disciples of Jesus Christ, we have been instructed to go into the world and preach the gospel and baptize all those who believe. Those who believe will receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and they will speak in tongues, and nothing will harm them. But those who will not believe, remain condemned. The gift of tongues helps us to magnify the Lord like Cornelius and his people, speak directly to God, pray without external hindrances since very few can interpret, we pray by the help of the Holy Spirit Who sees our hearts, it causes self edification etc. It is therefore prime to dwell in love and desire spiritual gifts, and the Holy Spirit will grant us this gift as He pleases.
Thank You Holy Spirit for the gift of life and the far that You have brought us. You have been with us and in us, we that You for Your presence in our lives. We sing praises to You Lord, for You are the King of all the earth. We sing praises to You Lord, for You reign over all the nations. We sing praise to You Lord, for You are sited at Your holy throne. We sing praise to You Lord, for You are the Most High and worthy of all our worship. We are the flock under Your care Lord, sustain us merciful Father. Fill our hearts Holy Spirit with Your fruit and gifts and empower us with Your everlasting love. Help us to appreciate the gift of speaking in new tongues and impart in us this most precious gift Holy Spirit. All our trust is in You Lord give us the gift of wisdom and journey with us according to Your will. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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