And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
When I visited a neighbor’s home I was surprised to see a freshly painted sign on the door. No, not a quarantine sign warning of an infectious disease, but it did generate almost as much surprise. The notice read simply, "LOVE SPOKEN HERE." I could not help wondering just what kind of a home this was where they wanted visitors and friends to know that the language spoken within was LOVE.
As I got acquainted with the young couple who lived there, I learned right away that love had not always been the language that had been spoken in that home. In fact, that couple's marriage had been on the rocks--driven there by alcohol, drugs, and temper – when a friend invited them to attend an informal Bible study in a neighbor's home. They had tried about everything from psychology to Eastern religions. "Why not try another book--one called the Bible?" they reasoned.
Skeptical at first, they began to discover that the language of the book called the Bible is really the language of love, God's love for people who find it easier to hate than to love. Over a period of time they met the chief actor in the story of redemption, Jesus Christ, and when they invited Him into their lives, their lives and home were different. They learned a new language--the language of love. They also discovered that what Paul wrote to the Corinthians was true, that "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
It's interesting to me how many things have changed in our world in recent years at the same time I think nothing has really changed. And what does that mean? In spite of our technology and instant communication, it seems we're still not connecting with each other. The same old problems which seem to tear us apart are the very ones that writers of Scripture talked about when the Bible was written.
The Good News, though, is that the remedy to the problems of the first century is still the answer to our needs in the twenty-first century. Hatred and indifference give way to service and care born of love. John wrote, "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (1 John 4:8). To a society which didn't know the difference between lust and love, Paul wrote, "The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by His Spirit who is given to us" (Romans 5:5).
By the way, what language do you speak in your home? No, I don't mean English, Tagalog, Spanish, or Mandarin. Put another way, is it the language of selfishness and anger or this magnificent language called LOVE? I am fully convinced that the real kind of love, the kind that replaces selfishness and greed, comes only as the God of love takes up residence in our hearts and homes.
It is little wonder that the language of love is so seldom spoken in our homes and lives. Until we know the God of love and He becomes our Father, there is little likelihood that we will speak His language. You can't be His child and learn His language until you are adopted into His family and embrace Him as your Father.
How did you answer the question about what language you speak in your home? If you are not sure, why not shoot a quick video, without your family members knowing, and record a few of the conversations that take place in your home? Then learn that language which speaks heart to heart--the language of love. It's the one taught by the Father to His children whose lives have been changed by the Spirit of God.
Resource reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13