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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Make Every Effort

June 14

(Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV) "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. {3} Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

(1 Corinthians 1:9-13 NIV) "God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. {10} I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. {11} My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. {12} What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas "; still another, "I follow Christ." {13} Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?"

(Luke 11:17 NIV) "Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall."

Unity is like harmony in music. Unity is not unison where everyone sings the same note. Prolonged unison makes for really dull music. And when notes come too close together, it creates dissonance, not harmony. Dissonance offends the ears. This is why God gave us harmony. In harmony, notes don’t all move in unison. They may even go in different directions. But they work together in relationship to produce a pleasant sound. In the church, God wants harmony, not unison, because harmony is attractive. Mature Christians realize that the symphony they are supposed to be playing needs many different instruments and many different parts to make harmony happen. They don’t cherish unison and they avoid dissonance unless it serves a momentary purpose. Mature believers do what it takes to create harmonious unity and to make beautiful music for Jesus. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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