Gen. 11; Matt. 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

I’ve been thinking a lot about language barriers lately. Not so much the spoken language, as the ones not spoken. A number of years ago, I read a book called The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. The languages (acts of service, quality time, encouragement, physical touch, gifts) have been on my mind for months, how they look in the grown-up world, and during a recent gathering of relatives, I realized a cause for many generational hurts was that (we) weren’t speaking the same (love) language. I thought about past relationships where misunderstandings may really have been an inability to understand how someone loves/interprets love.

My desire to learn to speak a new (love) language this year has been top of mind, so I wasn’t surprised today when I read of the power a language holds:

“Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!” Genesis 11:6 NLT.

At this time in the Old Testament, everyone spoke the same language and wanted to build a city and tower that would make themselves famous and prevent them from being scattered. God would scatter them, and give them all new languages. Their motive was self-centered–their fame, their protection, their power.

But in life God-centered, God gives us power and possibility and unity–through Christ. He gives us a new law, and a new language–love.

Father, you are the author of love, and love itself. You heal and reconcile our broken hearts. In the vapor-mist brevity of this life, help me to love like you. I know that nothing is impossible with you. Sometimes the brokenness of relationships seems too deep and long, but I don’t want to limit you and your power by my very limited and skeptical thinking. You tell me love never fails, and I know yours doesn’t.

Courtney (66books365)

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Filed under 66 Books, Bible in a year reading plan, Genesis, M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, New Testament, Old Testament

2 responses to “Gen. 11; Matt. 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

  1. Love is complicated. Love is simple. Love empowers. Love enslaves. Love’s language sounds different when cooing to a baby or comforting a friend or volunteering at the soup kitchen. When Christ asked Peter, “Do you love me,” He was speaking a different love language than when Peter responded, “Lord, You know I love You.” Jesus asked three times. Maybe because “love covers a multitude of sins,” we continue to seek love even when our hearts have been broken.
    Signed,
    Anyone seeking to love and be loved.

  2. Agreed. Good thoughts, Janet. Lots to think on. (If you’re looking for a new read, I just picked up a copy at the library of “Love Does” by Bob Goff. Have you read that yet? I just started.)

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