“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14 NLT)
Beloved, we are called to live in perfect harmony as the people of God. Though we may disagree on some things we believe true: gifts of the Spirit today, healing, your assembly or mine, your style of worship vs. mine, etc., we can surely agree on these things and find harmony:
* God, the Sovereign Creator, IS Love
* God sent His Son to pay my debt and yours out of Love
* Out of Love, Jesus is returning one day, to bring those who believe, receive, and live for Him home.
* We are to love as He loves us, loving all, even those we would count as enemies.
* Out of love for God and each other, we are called to live together in harmony, encouraging one another in His righteous ways.
I’ve had a unique opportunity to cross divisive barriers and minister in many differing assemblies, and in that, I found Love’s harmony. Think about that word.
In a harmony, each has their rolls, each sings a different part, each moves up and down the scale in seeming opposition, and yet in a beautiful harmony, when each is following the conductors orchestrations. That is what I saw.
As I talked to people of each assembly, I found each group had a major focus on the scale of God’s calling: each having an underlying motivational emphasis that powered their overall obedience in service to God and the fulfillment of His purposes. One group’s underlying heart was evangelism; one’s was ministry to the body, strengthening them for individual service; another’s was a call to purity; and so on it went. All the gifts of God were covered: each group having an empowering call to a focused priority, yet all focused on the whole of God’s professed will and way, powered with passion for their emphasis.
As I looked for the ONE working in and leading each, we all came together in harmony as our love for God and each other coupled with desire for the will and way of God as His witnesses.
Beloved, perhaps what we see as separation is truly the Conductors Orchestra, each movement of every section of His instruments adding harmony to His song on earth. Without being as He is, in a position to see and know all, all we can see clearly right now is self and those within our section. We cannot truly see the whole and recognize the harmony until we hear the recording or watch the video coverage.
Instead of always looking at our differences and messing up our harmonizing by watching how others are playing their part and paying little attention to our part, perhaps we should each look for God and move with His baton to work together in Love’s perfect harmony.