“…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 so emphatically.  It brought to mind the lesson that when we move to a different country we must learn the language and my thoughts traveled back to my own move into this nation 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 that requires a commitment and 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.

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