“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'” (Romans 15:5, NLT).
For several years, I sang in a choir. I was a soprano, which was easy as we usually had the melody. I loved listening to the altos, tenors and basses as they brought in the harmonies. The various parts turned a simple tune into a living, breathing dynamic thing of beauty. I was glad I had the melody as I had such a difficult time holding onto harmonies.
Singing in a choir is a bit like life—each of us has a part to sing. Sometimes it sounds wonderful, with voices blending and everyone holding their notes. At other times, notes go flat or sharp, some wander from their part and some sing their own tune with no regard for what’s on the page. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit live in perfect harmony and want the same for us. He gives us patience and encouragement because it takes both to live together in peace and unity. God’s harmony transforms our sometimes discordant jumble of parts into the beautiful music of life in the Spirit.