I have been a disciple for almost 28 years, and I have had the opportunity of visiting different churches around the globe. In January 2017, God used a trip to Warsaw, Poland to soften my heart and teach me about his love.
My family and I spent three months in the city of Warsaw, where 15 disciples (14 Ukranians and a native Polish) stand faithful in a challenging scenario, because of some legal issues that have impeded them having a formal leader on a full-time basis.
Amid the difficulties of languages spoken in the church of Warsaw (Russian, English, Polish, and some Spanish added when we got there) we were blessed to learn that the perfect language is love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). The basic expressions of love have no language (John 11:33-35), the Holy Spirit is our translator and interpreter (Romans 8:26), and the the Word of God is our common language (Colossians 3:16).
Fortunately, language is much more than words, and many of the expressions of love do not depend on words, but are manifested without words! Regardless of meeting younger disciples than me (I am 54 year old) and in some senses less experienced in life (some of them are singles, so do not have experience in marriage at all) or have just a couple of years from their conversion, I did learn from them the most important (love) and realized, once again, the importance of getting back to it (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
Giving a hug, sharing laughs and tears, eating together, providing a gift, do not have a language (John 11:33-35). At the same time the Holy Spirit allows us to understand each other, because we all have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:12, 2:16). This was the first time for us to sing in Russian or in Polish, and it was an amazing experience.
What was a barrier (different languages) then became an opportunity to tackle our needs and teach each other by using the scriptures (Colossians 3:16). No matter what language we read the Bible, we will get the same instructions and blessings.
We, as disciples, can have cultural differences, come from diverse religious backgrounds, have a variety of educational profiles, be in different stages in life, be singles or marrieds, and many more circumstances that make us particular persons, but any difference vanishes when we come to meet God (Galatians 3:28).
As 1 Corinthians 13:8 says, all other gifts and manifestations of faith will disappear one day but love will never cease to exist. I am so grateful to Viktor, Andrej & Olesia, Andrej & Tatyana, Alex & Vicka, Max & Dasha, Masha, Diana, Kamila, Nadejda, Vita and Andrej, for opening their homes, for letting me meet their families, for sharing about their dreams, but most of all for giving me and my family an opportunity to get back to the most important in our lives, to imitate the love of Christ amongst us!