The Bible asks the question, “Can two walk together unless they are in agreement?” (Amos 3:3). David and Jonathan demonstrated this as they became ‘one in spirit’ (1 Sam 18:1).

Paul appealed to the church to be in agreement with no divisions (1 Cor 1:10).  This doesn’t mean, in interpersonal relationships, we should all follow aimlessly like sheep accepting everything without question, for there will be diversity on non-essential issues. We are to hold people accountable and confront wrong doctrine and sin yet maintain unity in essential issues.  There will be different expressions and emphasises of faith, however, all converge at the cross of Christ (Eph 4:11-16).

The opposite question is “What harmony is there between God and idols?” (2 Cor 6:15). Totally none, there is no compatibility between good and evil.  Often we need to accommodate the viewpoints and preferences of those we are working with, however we must not compromise on the essential aspects of the faith and values.

The Bible instructs us to live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16). Communication plays a ‘bit part’ in attaining and maintaining harmonious relationships. This includes expressing verbal appreciation and encouragement, besides talking over matters to resolve issues of misunderstanding.

Is there someone I need to come back into harmony with?

Between marriage partners there should be a visible harmony as goodwill and love is displayed. Being united in Christ they will pull together, focused on the common goal of creating a home of peace, tranquillity, Godly influence and a safe sound environment in which to raise children and welcome others. This involves respect, support and co-operation as each does their part and is committed to ensuring success.

A house divided against itself won’t last the distance, while the Lord gives His blessing where there is unity (Ps 133:1-3; Mt 12:25). Is there discord in the home; am I at odds with my spouse or in a rebellious un-submissive attitude to my employer? If so address the issue and live a lifestyle He can bless. Am I walking hand-in-hand with Him, or am I walking at a distance, not experiencing the intimacy I once knew? Forgo your own personal agenda and be tolerant of the wishes of others but not at the expense of compromising on Biblical principles.

Greater success is achieved by co-operating than by competing. The power and impact of unity is greater than the influence of the individuals working alone. Jesus prayed, “May they be one as we
[God and Jesus] are one” (Jn 17:11,21,22). As we walk in alignment to the Word of God, our lives

Work together, not against

should be coming into increasing harmony with the lifestyle portrayed in it. We are to walk in the Spirit, hearing and obeying what God wants.

See also: compromise, co-operation, differences, goodwill, marriage, peace, relationships, submission, tolerate, unity.