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God loved you BEFORE you did ANYTHING for Him.  Get the idea out of your head that you can make Him MORE pleased with you by doing good works.  You SHOULD of course do good works (duh!) but you do it out of gratefulness and because it's the new person He made you.  You don't do it to gain His favor because YOU ALREADY HAVE HIS FAVOR!!!
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1 CORINTHIANS 14:2-4 (NLT)
"For if you have the ability to speak in tongues,a you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church."

Unless there's interpretation tongues is for YOUR personal benefit. It literally strengthens YOU personally. So speaking in tongues is a good thing! And notice that only God knows what you're saying. However the only way it helps someone else is if there's the gift of interpretation in operation or if you end up speaking in an earthly language like is shown to happen in the book of Acts chapter 2.

So if you're feeling spiritually weak let Holy Spirit strengthen you by speaking in tongues! If you never have then ask Holy Spirit to fill you so full to overflowing that it just gushes out of you!
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For me, it's that salvation overflows by the increase of the Holy Spirit  (John 3:30). May God make me (and all who are His) instruments! May He play through us whatever He wants, any way He wants. May we trust that He will make of us a New Song and a glorious chordal array of beautiful music!
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