“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”
Romans 15:5-7 NLT
Psalm 133 exclaims how God feels when His children walk in harmony. Verse one of that chapter says “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Psalms 133:1 NLT
When a machine is working smoothly it is because all of its parts are in sync and doing their part. A well oiled machine can continuously do what it was created for. The same is true with the church. We all, who are truly born again, are placed specifically in the body of Christ to operate in an intended function. When we do this, and the other parts do the same, we can experience a wonderful aroma that permeates the air around us. It is a fragrant thing to experience. Too often, the stench of division is what we experience. God wants harmony. Harmony doesn't mean that we are exactly the same. We are multiple parts, designed by God, and when we operate in our intended position, we all make up the unit. We cannot operate in a capacity that we weren't created for. That doesn't work. You can't put parts in the wrong place. They won't work. Every part must be placed in its proper position. Then, and only then, can we accomplish proper operation of the whole. Unity is working together. In the church, the body of Christ, we are all unique and, yet, dependent upon each other. Let's not try to make people look and act like us. Let's be who we are, do our part, and ask God to help others be, and do, their part. If we all do our part, we can, and will, experience the harmony that pleases God. Only then will we see the church in its finest moment.
Rev. Curtis Norris