Towards the end of Paul's letter to the Romans, he reminds them of the importance of living in harmony with a humble attitude. We rarely read or hear about harmony in our culture. There is so much of an emphasis on the individual and our self expression that it so easy to lose sight of the need for teamwork and togetherness.
Anyone who has studied music should be familiar with harmony. Harmony isn't just important in music, it's inevitable. Harmony is simply the act of playing two notes at once or in counterpoint. We find harmony in the hymns we sing. A hymn is a formal song, sung to God in public worship, typically by the entire congregation.
Technically speaking, a hymn consists of words only, while the music to which a hymn is sung is the hymn tune. For example, "Amazing Grace" is sung to the hymn tune NEW BRITAIN and "Rock of Ages" is sung to TOPLADY. The music of a hymn is what trained musicians call "chordal." Imbedded in this chordal structure is a pattern of melody, harmony and rhythm. This enables the music to strengthen and enhance the text.
Most often a hymn is designed for four-part harmony. Shouldn’t harmony also be inevitable in the Christian life whenever two or more Christians gather in unity to fellowship, pray, witness, or worship?
Just as in music, harmony is crucial in sports. The Lord is composing a magnificent symphony playing through all ages and we each have an instrument to play. We all have a place in Christ’s body, the church.
We all have roles to play in our churches, families, and other relationships. Are we humble enough to follow leaders and listen to advice and criticism? Is our team like a Super Bowl champion playing with unity, or are all taking our own paths without thinking about other people? How do we show people that we are Christians? They know that we are Christians because of our love and because we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” - Princess Diana