Live in Harmony with Each other – Romans 12:16
” Live in harmony with each other ”
Have you have ever sung with a band, worship team, or choir? Then you’ll know what it’s like when you first hear the song that you’re going to be singing together. You might not have heard it before and as a group you have to familiarise yourselves with it by listening a few times. Then the harmony parts have to be worked out.
Once you’ve learnt the song and you are familiar with your part you know just what and when to sing. If you’re singing melody, you need the support of the harmonies or the song can sound a bit empty. If you’re singing harmony, it’s important to know when to come in with your supportive notes in the song, or you could throw the whole song off. It’s also important that the harmony isn’t louder than the melody; that sounds discordant and horrible.
For those involved in ‘spontaneous worship’ leading, especially in a supportive role (singing harmony) it’s important you have to listen with your heart for a song that may not be familiar to you and familiarise yourself with it within seconds to harmonise with your fellow singer.
That’s how God wants us to live as his children.
Imagine the church as one huge singing group:
1. Discordant Notes:
Apathy, anger, gossip, malice, spite, bitterness, jealousy, rage – these are all discordant notes that we need to listen out for.
Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
1 Peter 2:1 “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.”
2. Harmonious Notes: these are the pure notes that we want the Holy Spirit to work in us.
Humility, gentleness,unity, peace and love
Ephesians 4:2-3 NLT
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Serve one another
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”
Put others first
Galatians 5:25-26 NLT
“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
Romans 12:10 ESV
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Refuse to gossip
Proverbs 20:19 ESV
“Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.”
Psalms 133:1-3 NLT
“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.”
If we want church where God is working and his anointing is flowing freely, we need to learn to live in harmony with one another.
Let’s make it our goal today, as The Body of Christ to love one another.
I have added the rest of Rom 12: 9-12 below:
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Romans 12:9-18 NLT