Wednesday, February 15, 2012

LESSON SIX: “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study”

Lesson 6 of “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study” led me to consider the meaning of harmony and how I strive toward living in harmony with others. One of the easiest ways for me to understand harmony is through musical examples. When musical performers sing and play instruments in harmony with each other, the result is completely moving. The sound is rich and multi-dimensional. It is beautiful to experience harmony as an observer and as a participant.

Harmony is about agreement. It involves timing. It’s about fitting together, which involves striving toward common goals. It’s about supporting each other and complementing each other. It’s about being a beautiful example of Christ’s body working together in love for both the outside world and the body itself. The only way to achieve harmony is to be a willing participant in God’s plan and give up your right to do anything but what God wills.

Personally, I’m frequently unsuccessful in this practice. I still have too much selfishness in me. I suppose this lesson has given me a great deal to pray about and work with Jesus to change.

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