11th August 2011

The Beauty Of Harmony

First of a Series on Brotherly Love

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.”
1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Have you noticed how annoying something seems when it is discordant? We might hear cacophonous, twanging music that jangles our nerves, assaults our ears and irritates our whole body by its lack of harmony.  It is as if the orchestra is involved in some internal revolution and it seems to affect our whole nervous system and sets us on edge.  It might even ruin our whole day!

Have you ever considered that we can have that same effect on the people around us?  How do we avoid this?  How do we create harmony?

The New King James version translates the above verse as, ‘be of one mind’.  It is quite obvious that if we were all ‘of one mind’, then we would be in perfect harmony.  But it is not possible that we will be of one mind in everything, indeed it is not even desirable.  Don’t we all relish the huge variety that we find in the world and in one another?

There is, however, an area where we should be of one mind, and that is how we care for one another.  Jesus tells us to love one another just as much as we love ourselves.  He particularly points up those who don’t treat us well, as it says in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

As we make our way through life we will meet those who, for whatever reason, will not be nice to us.  They will make our life more difficult than it need be.  They may be unkind or selfish.  They may be motivated by jealousy, or they may have an issue with anger which has to find some outlet and we may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Right here is this discordant orchestra, playing its head off, directly in front of you.

Now is the time to soften this discordant noise with words of love, of concern, maybe of compassion.  Now is the opportunity to bring harmony by the music we make.  Let’s notice the wisdom of Solomon in the proverbs, “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.  The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” (Proverbs 15:1-2 NKJV)

Today, let us take care to be in harmony with one another and, let it be the first day of many.

Prayer
Father in heaven, let me today bring harmony by using my voice properly as a channel of your peace, and of your love,  for all your children.
Amen

Study by David Stirk

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