“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
From my earliest memories as a child, I can remember seeing my mother’s piano in the living room of our house. My mother was the church pianist in my father’s ministry, and she would often sit at the piano and play or sing. There were times when the family gathered around the piano and had a family singspiration. It was certainly an enjoyable time for the family to be together and to sing the praises of God.
Every once in awhile my mother called someone to come and tune the piano. As an inquisitive young boy, I was very interested in how the man who was going to tune the piano performed his task. I remember he would hit one key and then hit another key about an octave higher; he then began to tighten the piano strings to put those keys in harmony. To the untrained ear, we couldn’t decipher which key was out of tune, but to the man whose ear was used to hearing the right tone, he knew when something was out of tune.
The verse above says that God hates those who “soweth discord among brethren.” The word “discord” is a musical word. The prefix “dis” means to be apart. The word “cord” comes from the same musical term, “chord.” In other words, God hates it when someone tears apart the harmony by singing out of tune with what is going on between brethren. As distasteful as it is to hear someone singing out of tune with everyone else, so God hates it when someone is purposely singing the wrong note in a working relationship. Let me point out a couple of thoughts about this truth.
First, you will never find harmony in relationships when you are out of tune with God. The believer will never be able to work harmoniously with others when their life is out of tune with God. When a spouse is out of tune with God, they will find it hard to be in harmony with their spouse. When a child is out of tune with God, they will find it impossible to be in harmony with their parents. When a believer is out of tune with God, they will find it hard to be in harmony with their church or pastor. When a pastor is out of tune with God, they will find it impossible to be in harmony with those they are leading. The only way God’s people are going to be in harmony with each other is by staying in tune with God.
Second, guard yourself from allowing the daily interactions with each other to cause you to get out of tune. A piano that is used will eventually get out of tune because of the constant banging of the hammer to the strings. A piano that is often used must be tuned often to stay in tune. Likewise, the work of the ministry will cause believers to get out of tune if they don’t get in tune every day with God through His Word. My friend, the hardness of the ministry can often cause believers to get out of harmony with each other because they get focused on themselves instead of God. You will only stay in tune through the hardness of the ministry by daily getting in tune with God through your walk with Him.
Finally, an unused piano will fall out of tune. The best way to stay in harmony with each other is to serve the LORD together. When you stop serving the LORD, you will find it hard to get along with those who are in tune with Him. If you stay busy and walk with God, you will find that being in harmony with others is easier because you are in tune with God.