A passion of mine has been studying the “art of human communication”. The idea that body language, tone of voice, and the vast styles of communication that the different cultures and societies create among themselves are based upon the personalities and traditions and many other factors that go into play when languages are established.
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I could speak the languages of Earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Have you ever visited a new state or place and noticed that people seemed to be speaking English, but a whole different version of English than you were used to speaking? I remember a time I traveled to Louisiana for work. I felt as if I needed a translator just to order food at these local restaurants. I would have to learn to adapt my English to sound more similar to their “Louisianan” style of English. My lack of comprehension of their style of language was a major barrier for me accomplishing much of anything. Not knowing how to communicate with them properly quickly became a major source of frustration. Language, a key ingredient of communication: in order to communicate effectively you must understand the language of who you are communicating with. In reality the most effective communicators know that they must be able to communicate to each person in their own best individual styles of communication and or languages. So often people attempt to force their own styles of communication upon the people they wish to communicate with, ending up frustrated with others because the one communicating never adapts in order to achieve the desired results.
1 Corinthians 14:10 There are perhaps a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.
My prayer life has been greatly rewarded because of my deep interest In the study of languages and communication in general. Understanding language, and the study of how different people from different places communicate in there own unique styles of languages, even beyond speaking the element of communication, is something that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. The reason my prayer life has been so rich is because I understood early on that God has his own unique Heavenly language. I knew the more I tried to understand how God communicates and how He speaks would ultimately enrich my spiritual walk. I have even tried to advance my spiritual walk with my outward display of honor toward God through my non verbal communication such as how I present myself as a living sacrifice to my Father in my thoughts, my words, and my deeds. I communicate my gratitude for what He has done for me, in the way that I now live each breath of my life.
Acts 2:1-11 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under Heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and Proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
– Branson James