Sonship of the Believer: Live in Harmony

John AvanziniBy John Avanzini4 Minutes

Praise the Lord, child of God. It’s so good to be with you today. My name’s John Avanzini. Welcome to Strengthen Your Walk.

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I want to start with Colossians 3:1-2: “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

The next verse says, “Set your affections on things above, and not on things of the earth.” Now that word affection can also be translated as harmony. So come in harmony with the things of the earth – of God and not with the things of this earth.

When you think about it in 1 Corinthians 6:19, there needs to be harmony in you because you are the temple where God, the Holy Ghost, and the Gatherer dwell. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

In 2 Corinthians we learn this. It can’t be harmony if you get involved with the things of this world because it tells us what agreement or what harmony is there in the temple of God. “What harmony does it have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’”

Think of that. Harmony. Psalm 133:1 says, “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony.”

You know strife is such an irritating thing. After 27 years of pastoring a local church, I found that when there was harmony in the church everything worked right. It seemed like everybody and everything was moving in the proper direction. But turbulence in one part of the body created confusion all across the body.

Verse after verse talks about harmony. Romans 12:16 in the New Living Testament says, “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.”

That’s so good! I love that translation. It says that so many times you get people who want to sit on the same side of the room as the people who came in on the bus. They want to sit in a separate section, but God says, “Hey, listen. That’s causing a lot of strife.”

Be in harmony. And if the person is born again – whether they come from one side of the track or the other – and whatever the ethnic situation might be, thank God in Christ Jesus that we are one.

One final verse from the New Living Testament. Colossians 3:14: “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

Let love rule. Let love rule in your life on your decisions. And this thing about harmony, it doesn’t just have to do with your family. It doesn’t just have to do with that little circle you’re in, but everywhere you go try to harmonize. Find out what’s going on and get into the flow of what’s happening because God operates so much more powerfully when people are getting along with each other and there’s harmony.

God bless you, thank you.

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