A LANGUAGE LIKE NO OTHER
Did you ever consider learning another language? Quite possibly, you already do know another language and maybe you are even multilingual. Well, it is on my to-do list and I have to say I am finding it very challenging. The hardest part is switching English off in my mind. I have had to laugh at myself do to the fact I have talked back at Rosetta Stone, a video and audio teaching tool, as if it had something to do with my confusion. Ha!
If you want someone to blame for the many languages, blame those before us who desired to make a name for themselves. All of earth spoke one language but because of their pride, God had to take action and bring about drastic change. Consequently, in Genesis 11:7, God said, "Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." The result was many different languages and the tower of Babel, which means confusion (Genesis 11:1-9).
Almost two thousand years later, the Holy Spirit came to earth like the sound of a rushing wind on the Day of Pentecost. It was then while the apostles were speaking about Jesus Christ and His loving sacrifice, all understood the language in their own dialect. Many were confounded that uneducated men from Galilee were speaking as though they were articulate in many languages (Acts 2:7-8).
Although there is still the language barrier, love is a language that we all can understand. Words of affirmation is one of my love languages, so I personally 'feel' loved by my husband when he speaks these words over me without prompting. It is satisfying, although temporary, since I will continue to desire affirmation from him. I must confess though, I love a good sappy Valentine's Day card too!
During this season of love, when affirming gestures of flowers, chocolates, and poetically stated sentiments are given by the millions, we can inflate the importance for such things as though they will squelch the longing we have deep within our souls for a perfect, completing love. Only one Person can give us such love and His name is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ exemplified this love through great pain and the sacrificing of His own life. John 15:13 reiterates this when Jesus himself said, "No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. Romans 5:8 also reveals, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." In other words, before we knew we had the need for Jesus' love, He already had it covered. Now that kind of love speaks volumes without a spoken word!
This very second, all over the world and in every language, the prayers of many in desperate need of love are being heard by our heavenly Father to receive this beautiful and very personal gift. Romans 10:13 says, 'For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."'
Practically Speaking: No matter where you live or who you are, this love is offered to all. Perhaps today you sense God speaking to your heart. He wants to have fellowship with you personally. Revelation 3:20 says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." Call out to Him today and He will hear your heart and receive you as one of His chosen precious children. He already loves you. Let Him be your Valentine. ❤️