Speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues

"I wish you all spoke with tongues..." 1 Corinthians 14:5 excerpt - NKJV

bullet What is speaking in tongues?
bullet Why speak in tongues?
bullet Bible points about tongues
bullet Apostle Paul's comments on tongues
bullet Evidence of tongues in the early church
bullet Discover the gift of tongues
bullet What if I don't want to speak in tongues?

What is speaking in tongues?

Why speak in tongues? 

Points about tongues and interpretation:

The Apostle Paul’s comments on tongues: Paul wrote the majority of Bible's guidance on tongues.  Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14:18 that he spoke in tongues more than any of the Corinthians.  He also witnessed a form of tongues ("inexpressible words" NKJV) during a miraculous revelation in heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2-6).  His comments provide expert guidance on the subject:

Examples of tongues in the early church: The accounts of speaking in tongues in the New Testament coincide with special moves of the Holy Spirit, when the believers received a "filling" of the Holy Spirit:

Discover the gift of tongues

What if I don’t want to pray in tongues? It is not mandatory that every Christian speak in tongues, and his/her salvation certainly does not depend on it.   God will not force His gifts on anyone, as He is gentle and patient.   If you donít feel comfortable praying in tongues, then don't!   You can still pray effectively with confidence that God will hear and intercede in your prayers.  

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