Hi, Kingsdaughter. Seek the Lord on this. I have not been gifted with speaking in different languages, but I don't deny their existence. I'll just share with you my take on this.The importance of the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts is not that a small group of men spoke in tongues, but that thousands of people got saved and the church was born. How did so many people get saved? They heard the gospel. How did they hear it if there were Jews from all over the known world to celebrate Pentecost and they spoke multiple languages? Because the apostles were supernaturally endowed by the Holy Spirit to speak in languages of people from other nations.Here's the importance of that supernatural gift on that day.
Originally Posted by Kingsdaughter
"At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” - Acts 2:5-11.So what is the purpose of speaking in tongues? Paul explains. It's to speak in the language of someone who understands you and to bring the truth of God and instruction to them who you could otherwise not minister to because of a language barrier.
"Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful. Even lifeless instruments like the flute or the harp must play the notes clearly, or no one will recognize the melody. And if the bugler doesn’t sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle? It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space. There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me. And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church. 1 Corthinthians 14:6-12Paul also says in that same passage that to speak in other languages this way is not a sign for Christians, but a way to teach unbelievers.
"....Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers" 1 Corinthians 14:13