In Tune with the Maestro
In Tune with the Maestro
Words of Faith 2-7-2020
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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1 Peter 3
 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."
I suppose I have loved music all my life. Some of my best memories involve playing in bands or singing in choirs, ensembles, and glee clubs. There is an almost indescribable feeling that comes in the middle of the choir or congregation or just in a circle of four barber shoppers as I add my voice to others to create this thing called harmony. Harmony is a gift from God.
I don't understand all the physics of harmony, but it is something that happens when different voices sing or play different tones that are in the right relationship to one another. It seems that one requirement for harmony is variety. If everyone is on the same note, there is no harmony. We are not called to unison. We are called to harmony.
Harmony also requires tuning, adjustment, and listening. You cannot be in harmony if you are not in tune. You cannot be in harmony if you are so loud that you can only hear yourself. I have even noticed that if one person is a little off, the rest of the group can adjust a bit and pull the one back into key. But if one voice is off, and refuses to listen to the others, the ensemble will have a terrible sound!
So far, Peter has made it clear we are to be in tune with Jesus. He is our chief cornerstone. He is the standard. He is the Maestro. The oscilloscope of His Spirit is true. But now, Peter points out that we must also be in harmony with one another. Our instruments will be different. Our assigned notes will vary. To play in unison would be sin. But if we are tuned to the Maestro and then listen to one another, there will be harmony among our varied notes. That harmony expresses itself with sympathy-- listening to the concerns of one another, love