Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
"You should all speak in agreement." (1 Corinthians 1:10)
How exciting it would have been to be in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, Sivan 6, in the year 33 C.E.! Early that morning, just before nine o’clock, those gathered in an upper room miraculously “started to speak with different tongues.” (Acts 2:4) Today, the gift of tongues is no longer available to God’s servants. (1 Corinthians 13:8) Nevertheless, Jehovah’s Witnesses declare the good news of the Kingdom in over 430 different tongues. How grateful we are that no matter what language we normally speak, we are all united in speaking the pure language of Bible truth! In a way, this is a reversal of what happened at Babel. As with one tongue, Jehovah’s people bring praise to his name. May it be our resolve to continue serving “shoulder to shoulder” with our brothers and sisters earth wide as we learn to speak that one language ever more fluently, to the glory of our heavenly Father, Jehovah.—Zephaniah 3:9; Psalm 150:1-6.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 5:19, 20)
*Today's text reminds me of the contrast I keep seeing, between those who obey God's laws, and those who don't,...especially in times of emergency or natural disaster (like this latest earthquake). I was looking up info and past yearbook experiences about Chile (which I'll post after this), and it was so nice learning about how the brothers and sisters lovingly and unitedly cooperated with one another, working "shoulder to shoulder" to help each other during previous natural disasters which happened there, (such as earthquakes, mudslides, and droughts). Which is such a complete contrast with all the chaos and confusion that they've been showing on the news going on in Chile right now,...with people looting and burning buildings, and showing no respect for their neighbors or other people's property.
It makes me appreciate more and more, how doing things Jehovah's way, *always* works out for the best and benefits everyone. It's so obvious that there is no other successful way to unite society.