What does it look like to live in harmony?
I positively can’t say it any better than what is already written. The teaching from the verses below explains what living in harmony looks like. Peter uses parts of Psalm 34 in these verses.
1 Peter 3:8-12 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
These four verses are power packed…
Love as brothers
Do not repay evil with evil or insults
Give blessings – inherit blessings
Keep your tongue from evil
Keep your lips from deceitful speech
Turn from evil
Seek and pursue peace
Why is this necessary? Why can’t I just act how I want to act, say what I want to say whenever I want to say it? Simply put, because to act in such a manner is evil.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
We live in a world that encourages us to “have our own way”, to say what we want, to get even at any cost. This is not God’s way or his example. Peter goes on to say in the first part of verse 15 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
I’ll end with the beautiful thoughts from Psalm 133 and a prayer that all Christians everywhere will strive to live in harmony.
Ps 133 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.