Stretched but Not Broken
Living in Harmony- Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
All married couples want this idea of harmony in their homelife. One definition of harmony is the “pleasant combination of different notes of music played at the same time”. If you have heard people “harmonize”, you know how pleasant it is; they are singing different notes, yet they sound great together. If in the music world, they refused people singing different notes, we would miss out on beautiful sounds. So, it is in our relationships, if we demand that our spouse, kids or friends all “sound alike”, we will miss out on how life can be lived beyond our own perspective.
We all think that the way WE do life is a better way than the way other people live their lives. However, the truth is, the differences create great variety and that truly is the “spice of life”. The old saying, “opposites attract” is a true saying according to most relational experts. The concept is that we see the way a person is doing life and it intrigues us. We are drawn to that person, in many cases, out of pure curiosity. However, after we are in that relationship awhile, their ways no longer attract us, but irritate us. In marriage, these “things” that once attracted us, now are causing big time problems.
Let’s return to the word, ‘harmony’. How can our differences in marriage be played out in a way that creates harmony in our homes rather than hurt and frustration? Let’s look at the rest of our key verse for be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. It takes discipline, but if we will practice the godly attributes of sympathy, love, compassion and humility, we will soon enjoy the harmony we all want.
Father, grant me the strength to be like Jesus, In His Name, amen.