Most people don’t view life in terms of harmony. Yet, musicians and song writers seek a place or state of mind where creativity flows. Others withdraw to a secluded location, retreating to regain joy and purpose for life. Behind the scenes, in one way or another, we are all struggling to find harmony.
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding, Romans 14:19.
Prior to beginning his earthly ministry, Jesus spent forty days in the desert. Fasting, praying and seeking God for insight, Jesus avoided the typical distractions within daily life. This time of reflection served as a transitional period from a carpenter to a fisher of men. Jesus turned his attention away from financial needs toward building a spiritual team of disciples. Along the way, Satan arrives in Matthew 4:1-9 to disrupt this harmony.
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind, 1 Peter 3:8.
Similar visits occur today by demons seeking to divide families, communities and nations. Based upon current events, it appears the Devil is accomplishing his goal. Anger, dissension and gossip are on the rise, fueled by social media. Instead of attacking the source, people are fighting one another with words of hate. Perhaps, it’s time to withdraw into the wilderness to reverse this trend by fighting back to regain a sense of harmony.
by Jay Mankus