Sunday: 20th May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 2:1-11;
Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
One of the important things each of us have is the gift of language, which enables us to understand communication and make sense of what others say to us. However, regardless of our utmost desire to know what others are saying, the existence of over 7000 languages in the world makes it near impossible to do so.
As we read of the events at Pentecost, my mind was drawn to one statement: ‘each of them heard them in their own native language’. The multitude of people gathered there knew the Apostles were Galileans, but how each of them understood the words being spoken was a mystery to them. I stepped out of that moment for a split second and asked a question: what language can every person in the world understand?
My answer: the language of love. A gift so strong that even the deaf, the blind, the foreigner or even the stranger can understand. Whether it is evident in spoken words, or in the actions of others, the universal language of love can be understood by each of us in their own native language. Hence, the prayer of the church ‘come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enviable in us the fire of your love’.
That is the one thing He comes with and has shed the love of God abroad into our hearts. Beloved, there is no single individual in existence who has an understanding of all the world’s languages, but each person has the potential to understand the language called love, because that is the name of the God who created us.
Remember # don’t underestimate the power of love.