“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good… to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues…All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Cor 12:7-11)I would like to say the topic of tongues seems to be one of the most controversial topics ever. I find this normally based upon an individuals christian experience. Now, l am no theologian. I am not even a bible scholar. However, I do believe the Holy Spirit has imparted something unique for me to share. I pray our ears are open and hearts are ready to receive what’s shared.
I remember visiting a college friend, a few years ago, who just recently had her first child. Her little girl wasn’t quite a year old yet, but old enough to make noise and of course, the “baby babble.” As I was spending time there, I was able to enjoy this special moment while also extending some extra services around the house. One day as she was napping, her little one awakened and I immediately made my way to her to avoid bothering a tired and resting momma. As cute as she was, she started to stare and talk in her own special way, but I couldn’t clearly understand what she was trying to communicate.
Soon her mother came in and they began having this sweet conversation only they could understand. To see the bond and intimacy displayed between those two was absolutely precious. There is always something special between the relationship of a child and a parent. Her mother was able to share with me what her baby girl was trying to express.
Newborn babies enter this world with a language of their own. A language and a way of communicating that can’t be understood by all. This can help us as we discuss the gift of tongues from the viewpoint that Paul is taking with the church at Corinth. In doing some studying, I have learned that there is a difference between “praying in the Spirit and speaking in different kinds of tongues (the gift of tongues).
“……Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” 1 Corinthians 14:26
The fact that this gift can only be given through the Holy Spirit and to be used for the edification the entire body can’t be expressed enough. Apparently, the Corinthians were getting caught up in their knowledge and they lost sight of the ultimate purpose of the gifts they had received. The gift of speaking in tongues was given for the gospel to cross barriers. To every nation, people, and tribe. Paul’s concern here is focused more on the people of Corinth building up “the body” rather than that which benefited themselves.
As mentioned above, if the mother didn’t share with me what was being communicated, I would have been left clueless. So let us understand that Paul in no way takes away from speaking in tongues, but he is focused on winning people for Jesus. Which is why he shares that if there be anyone who speaks in tongues, let there be an interpreter so that the church may be edified.
Latoya Tolbert is a country girl who made a promised to love herself back to life after different life transitions. She is a believer. A wife to an amazing husband. A mom to two beautiful girls. She loves serving others. Latoya enjoys capturing beautiful memories. Shopping for cute shoes — What girl doesn’t love shoes?! It is important to spend her life laughing more and helping others to see Jesus.
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