The Languages of Angels

Speech/language/words.  This week’s prompt from Kirsten gives me an excuse to tell you something I’ve just picked up on.  A bit of background:  I’ve read “The Five Love-Languages” before.  I didn’t see anything wrong with a single person reading a book about marriage, because I thought the lessons I learnt from it could be helpful in other relationships, such as friendships.  The author obviously agrees because he’s now written editions specifically for men, single adults and parents.  I haven’t read those, but the book “God Speaks Your Love-Language:  How to Feel and Reflect God’s Love” intrigued me.  I thought:  How can we express our love to God in the language of physical touch, when He’s not physically present with us?  So I read the book, and the small-group study guide at the end pointed me to 1 Corinthians 13:

“I may speak in different languages of people or even angels” (verse 1).  I wondered:  If God speaks our love-language, is it possible that angels speak the five love-languages, too?  Suddenly, into my mind came these examples.

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Words of Affirmation:  These were spoken to Gideon.  “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!” (Judges 6:12).  The angel Gabriel also used them when he visited Mary.  “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God” (Luke 1:30).

Quality Time:  In Genesis 18:1-22, angels spent quality time with Abraham before their visit to Sodom.  He even washed their feet and gave them a meal!

Gifts:  In 1 Kings 19:5-8, an angel came to Elijah with gifts of bread and water at a time when he was weak and tired.

Acts of Service:  Hebrews tells us that angels are serving spirits, and they served Jesus in the wilderness when He’d finished being tempted by the devil.  In one of my favourite books, “Appointment in Jerusalem”, an angel carries Lydia’s toddler to safety.

Physical Touch:  In the garden at Gethsemane, an angel strengthened Jesus.  In my other favourite book, “The Shaming of the Strong”, an angel calms five-year-old Amelia when she’s lost in a storm.  An angel appeared to two of my friends when they were struggling financially.

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Can you think of Biblical or modern-day examples of angels speaking the five love-languages – words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch?  Have you ever thought which of these makes you, or someone close to you, feel most loved?

A-Z: Touchable

I remember someone standing up in church once, telling of something God had done and saying:  “I just want to shake His hand and say, ‘Thank You very much’.”  We’re all so different aren’t we?  I know we’re supposed to reverence God, but for me, a handshake sounds much too formal for the One I love the most.  I think that when we meet Jesus, I’ll want to run to Him and give Him a massive hug, but for a while I wasn’t sure I could do that.  You see, somebody preached on the verse:  “God is spirit”, basically saying we’d never reach out and touch God because He didn’t have a physical body.  For a couple of weeks I struggled to get my head around this.  Could I relate to God if, even when I got to heaven, I wasn’t able to express love to Him in the way I’d always imagined?

I’m glad the struggle didn’t last long.  A few Sundays later, during worship, 1 Timothy 2:5 came to mind:  “There is” (present-tense) “one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”  We may never be able to touch God the Father; the Holy Spirit may always live in us, but Jesus is the one part of the Godhead who’s still a man.  He’s kept His nail-pierced hands, so of course He’s kept His arms, and of course I’ll be able to run into them one day!  I can’t tell you how good that made me feel.