At work I get to talk to people from all over the world who now speak English as their second language. I don’t understand why some people complain about talking with someone who speaks English with an accent. Every single one of them speaks English better than I speak their first language. I think it’s impressive.
What language do we have for the gospel, though? We must have a way to communicate God’s love and not keep it to ourselves. Do we insist that people learn our language so they can understand us, or do we learn to speak a language they already understand?
I think the gospel has its own language, one that transcends all languages. It’s the language of love, the one Jesus was talking about when he said:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35.)
This love is for everyone you meet today:
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10.)
So let there be a language you speak fluently, one that everyone understands, the language of the love of Jesus. That is the gospel of love.