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I have great appreciation for jazz musicians. Rather than playing notes that have been planned and written, they improvise. They listen to each other and adjust their playing to create music while maintaining harmony and rhythm. It takes great skill and attention to the other band members to make good jazz music.
Keep that in mind when you hear Romans 12:16, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” (NIV) Don’t you wish more people lived in harmony? The same phrase is used in 1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” (NIV)
A jazz musician must listen to other band members to make good music. They have to stay in the same key and mind the rhythm. What do we have to do to live in harmony with one another? Well, combining the two passages, we get a list of things to do and a list of things to avoid. We must be sympathetic, have brotherly love, be compassionate, be humble and associate with people in low position. The two things we are told to avoid are being conceited and proud.
Today, may you listen to and be sensitive to those around you and create a harmony of life!
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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.