Although harmony is often associated with music, its one of the missing ingredients within society. Defined as an orderly and pleasing combination of elements, harmony is established when various components exist together without destroying one another. Unfortunately, rarely do strong personalities mesh without some type of power struggle.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalm 133:1
The sustainability of any church, group or family is dependent upon the degree of harmony displayed. From my vantage point, hidden agendas, control and wills create conflict. Beneath the surface, demons, Satan and selfish desires are tugged in different directions, resulting in discord, dissension and factions. These obstacles stand in the way of an ideal setting where harmony is achieved.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13
No one is exempt from an outburst when you lose your composure or say something that you regret. This is where forgiveness enters the equation. Once harmony is shattered, common sense must lead individuals toward reconciliation. Although no one is perfect, the apostle Paul provides tips for those communities seeking unity, Colossians 3:12-15. May bad blood, hurt feelings and severed relationships be washed away, replaced by the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
by Jay Mankus