Is it true that if you have the Holy Ghost in you, you will speak in tongues? I put my faith and trust in Jesus but I don’t speak in tongues. Do I not have the Holy Ghost?
You do indeed have the Holy Spirit. But He manifests His presence in you in other ways than by miraculous speech. That gift was never intended to validate a believer’s relationship with the Lord. It was given for a different purpose: as a sign to unbelievers (1 Cor. 14:20–22). It is one of several gifts, and by no means the most useful. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul asks, “Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages?” He answers his own question with a resounding “No!” and adds, “And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts” (vv. 30–31, NLT). Apart from worrying about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, all Christians are urged to concentrate on the fruit of the Holy Spirit, as seen in Galatians 5.