“…they will speak with new tongues…”(Mark 16:17c)
I listened on Skype the other day as our granddaughter responded to her mother by saying nine—German for no. Not surprising in her new found language no would be one of the first words spoken emphatically. It brought to mind the lesson of learning a new language when moving to a different country. My thoughts traveled back to my own move to the United States as a young bride. Though I was English and this was America, if I was to get along in this new land I had to learn a different way of communicating.
Being born again is no different—we have been lifted out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Light and this kingdom has a language of its own. However it’s not just the language of tongues, it’s the language and power of communication. James says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” The power of Pentecost is not just for speaking in a different language, but the power of communication that gives witness of Christ and speaks blessing to man.
Like our 3 year-old granddaughter it is a learned skill requiring a commitment to training to speak the language of the country wherein God has placed you. Paul confirms this truth in Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
If you are having trouble curbing your tongue ask for the gift and power of the Holy Spirit, He will train your tongue to speak blessing–you will be amazed at the results.
Diane Hale for the past 30 years has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations. www.uniquebydesign.org
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