HARMONY – WHAT IS IT?
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
Before Jesus was arrested, he prayed at length over His disciples. What He emphasized the most was their need for unity. Harmony and unity. Jesus knew what we would experience. Relationships can get tiresome. Relationships can get strained. Relationships can grow argumentative. Paul prayed that endurance and encouragement would fuel harmony. And how many reasons there are to pull away from each other!
I can disagree with someone’s leadership style and let frustration separate us. I can struggle with someone’s opinion at the conference table. I can be put off by someone’s personality. I can disagree with how another is using their spiritual gift. I can strain under someone’s abrasiveness and try to avoid them.
Real families try to survive the strain of relationships. So do church families. But when it comes time to raise our hands in worship together, unity can, and must, be there. We agree on one thing ~ that we love Jesus, that He is glorious, and that we will give our lives for Him if it comes to that.
The Roman church saw many divisions become insignificant when the Roman boot of oppression came down against them. When a diverse group of believers stood boldly in the center of a Roman arena and waited for the lions to devour them, petty differences were suddenly insignificant! They praised, embraced, sang, and waited for heaven together. Their hope in Christ knitted them together.
Many church leaders down through the ages have demanded harmony ~ but a kind of harmony Paul (and Jesus) did not advocate. Simply put – we are to unite to glorify God, the Father of Jesus Christ. For the matters pertaining to daily life, God promises to help us endure.
Where I am weary, put out, put off – give me fuel for mutual worship of You. Amen