Reconciliation. Let’s chat about it.
But first, let’s look at discord and harmony.
Discord. Ever experienced it? What images or emotions does it conjure up for you? Here are a few of mine.
I don’t know about you, but instances of disagreement, discord, disharmony, disrespect, disrepair, disunity, wrongheadedness, and unjustified acts in an unjustifiable record speckle my life history. And the world’s. Just turn on the news for a half hour, and it’s plain to see our world is at war both literally and figuratively.
It’s enough to make a person want to scream.
Elements of discord
Discord is composed of fairly equal parts: differences + disagreements + strifes + disputes, all of which results in dissonance, which is the opposite of harmony.
How about the word harmony? What images or emotions does it conjure up? For me, it looks and feels something like this.
Harmony soothes. It unites. It brings smiles to our faces.
Next week we’ll continue this discussion about reconciliation.
I hope you’ll join me. Meanwhile, be thinking about the concepts of discord and harmony through reconciliation. In particular, let’s identify for ourselves (no need to share with the world if you don’t want) the places in our lives where discord reigns. Or just stubbornly holds on in a small, easily ignored spot.
Especially meditate on Romans 5:10:
… while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son …
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Dear Lord, please bless us with a fuller understanding of the discord
that mars our hearts, minds, souls, and world at large..
~ For Jesus’ sake ~