“I thank God that I speak with tongues more than any of you” (1Cor 14:18)
The Holy Spirit is God the Father’s Divine Love. Through the Spirit He bestows upon us Spiritual Gifts that will help us to build up the Body of Christ.
These gifts enable us to serve God in praise and worship and to serve one another. They help us to grow in experiential faith and develop a personal and intimate love relationship with Jesus. The Gifts empower us to participate in Church ministry and in the wider community.
The Gift of Tongues is one of the Gifts or Charisms of the Holy Spirit. Even though Tongues is considered the least of the gifts it’s very important for praise and worship. We can express our love for God by praying and singing in Tongues.
This gift also helps us in the prayer of contemplation when our mind is so active we have difficulty being still to listen to the interior voice of the Holy Spirit.
Praying in Tongues for the healing of life’s hurts is life changing especially in the areas of trauma and emotional distress. The Gift of Tongues helps a person to release their emotional pain, anger, frustrations, fears and feelings that cannot be put into words through God’s language of the Holy Spirit.
The ability to interpret Tongues enlightens us how to pray specifically for ourselves and for others. The tone and intensity of Tongues change when un-forgiveness is present or the powers of darkness are deceiving us.
Tongues cannot lie nor can we make them up. They express and reflect our inner selves and are invaluable for our spiritual growth.
“So my brothers be eager to prophesy and do not suppress the gift of speaking in tongues but make sure that everything is done in a proper and orderly fashion.” (1Cor 14:39-40)
Paul gave guidelines to the Corinthians about the importance of using the Gift of Tongues and their interpretation for prophecy. He was emphasising how the Gift of Tongues ministers to unbelievers and the Gift of Interpretation empowered a person to prophecy God’s Word of encouragement to believers.
The Gifts for the Spirit enter us like gentle rain. Little by little they bear abundant fruit