Good morning people who pray in the Spirit
Paul’s focus in 1 Corinthians 12-14 is on edifying the Church. But in this passage he also gives us some clarity on how to edify and encourage ourselves. One of these ways is to speak in tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
In fact, Paul knew the spiritual benefits of speaking in tongues so much, here’s what he says.
1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
Unfortunately, people have read the following verse and thrown tongues out as not being important.
1 Corinthians 14:19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
This is just a wonderful reflection on Paul’s unselfish heart that desires to serve and bless others more than himself. It’s not a sign that tongues is wrong but that encouraging others is more important than just encouraging yourself.
Jesus modelled serving others too, but He also promised the Holy Spirit and the wonderful gifts He brings.
Speaking in tongues is to be desired and I believe it is a vital part of a Believer’s life. It is a spiritual gift given by God.
Mark 16:17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues…