TLIC DAILY. DAY 254. SEPTEMBER 11: LIVE IN HARMONY.

Romans 15:5-7. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Can Christians with different convictions actually live together in harmony? Can the “weak” Christians and the “strong” Christians actually worship together?

Paul seems to think we can. His prayer here in Romans 15 suggests that not only CAN Christians with differing convictions live in harmony, but when they DO, when they welcome one another, and together raise one voice to God, nothing glorifies God more. Why? Because nothing proves that the gospel works more than our simple gathering together. Nothing proves our union with Christ more than our unity.

Verse 7 sums it up perfectly. Christ has welcomed you (you are IN CHRIST), therefore welcome one another (CHRIST is IN YOU).

The Breakfast Club learns to live in harmony with one another.

Listen Christian, because there is true freedom in Christ, because we are not robots, because the Spirit is guiding each of us individually, because there are differences of conscience – some weak consciences, and some strong consciences – because of all this, we do not, and are not, going to ever agree on every point of faith in practice. We will always have different convictions. There will always be weak and strong consciences in the church.

But harmony in a church full of people with differing convictions is possible from faith in the gospel. If I believe that I am fully accepted by God. If I reject earning. If I stop climbing the ladder of self-righteousness. If I remember that I am graciously and gloriously saved through Christ, then I will welcome other Christians. When I trust deeply in my union with Christ, it gives me his endurance and encouragement so that I can live in harmony with one another.

If you are going to a church where everyone is the same, same convictions, same dress, same understanding, same politics, same culture, then you probably don’t need much of God or his endurance. You don’t need to be told to be welcoming, because church is a bunch of people that you already like, because they are already like you.

But if you go to a church where there are all kinds of convictions and differences of conscience (weak and strong faith), then you will need to turn to the gospel and to Christ early and often. You will need courage. You will need to be empowered to welcome others because it’s not natural. So it has to be supernatural.

And that is what our union with Christ gives us – a supernatural unity. It is Christ alone and his life that unites us – in accord with Christ Jesus. We agree on the work of Christ. The deity of Christ. The incarnation of Christ. The death of Christ. The resurrection of Christ. The ascension of Christ. The return of Christ. Our need for Christ. The salvation of Christ. Our union with Christ. The Lordship of Christ.

Our unity in diversity shows that we have made Christ first in our hearts and minds. The result? God is glorified. And what is the expression of this? We exalt Christ with our voices – that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“To live is Christ” means that we have been welcomed by Christ Jesus. When we trust that he loves us in spite of our sinfulness and weakness, we will be freed in our hearts to welcome and live in harmony with our brothers and sisters in Christ for the glory of God.

Soli deo gloria.

You

Do you live in harmony with Christians with varying opinions, convictions, or scruples?

You in Christ

Do you believe that Jesus (the stronger) has welcomed you (the weaker)? How does this encourage you to welcome others?

Christ in you

What Christian, that you would normally avoid, might you welcome into your life this week?

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Playlist: Harmony.

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