May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as 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. Romans 15.5
In music harmony adds dimension and fullness to the melody. The beauty of harmony is its different parts working together to enhance the song; adding flavor and depth.
The same is true of the family of God. It is not all the individuals doing and saying the same thing but all of them working together, each using their unique gifts and abilities to bring depth and dimension to the ONE purpose.
And there’s the rub.
Working together brings friction, conflict and tension.
We all are familiar with this chafing but often we fail to see the beauty that comes from this abrasiveness. It is in the friction where beauty is born.
Working together with other people who are broken and imperfect like us, is God’s beautiful design. We are like rocks in a stream; bouncing, rubbing and polishing off each other’s rough edges.
So we welcome the tension, open the door to conflict allowing it to refine and perfect us.
If you find yourself in conflict with another follower of Jesus, don’t be surprised. Remember, we’re ALL still in the process of being perfected. Peter tells us, “And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple . . . “ 1 Peter 2.5 (NLT)
Know this; God wants to use this friction in your life to polish you into a beautiful living stone for all the world to see!
Heavenly Father, I know you designed family. It’s part of your plan but I confess there are times when I don’t like the pain that comes with it! I want to run and hide. I want to escape the hurt, throw it to the winds and be done with it. But teach me to STAY. To embrace the pain and see the beauty. Amen.