I recently started studying the book of James along with Beth Moore’s Study Guide James Mercy Triumphs and I have been able to dig deeper and read the book of James in a whole different light. As I was reading, I came across this footnote that captured my interest! I read it over and over again in order to allow my mind to really capture and understand the implication of the explanation.
As an intro to the Book of James, Beth Moore takes us through several other passages in scripture to paint the picture and set us up for the reading. She takes us to a passage in Acts 15 which allows us to learn a brief background on James. In this chapter we read about the Jerusalem Council and how it was able to set the Jerusalem decree. In verse 25 we read about how they arrived to the conclusion of the decree.
So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul…
They came to an agreement. Now check this out! Beth Moore does further research and noted what the words “in agreement” meant in the original language which is Greek.
Both words come from a combination of the terms -together- and -sound/voice.
She also stated that:
the two words -in agreement- come from the Greek compound word -symphonousin-
What word does that sound like? You’re right! Symphony…
When we are in agreement, of one mind, one spirit, on the same page…we are like a Beautiful Symphony!
There are several other passages in scripture where God instructs us in the importance and power of being in agreement.
Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven – Matthew 18:19
Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? -Amos 3:3
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! -Psalm 133:1
You see, we have the ability to create a Beautiful Symphony by being in agreement, in unity of one mind and spirit. To the contrary, disagreements, quarrels, fights etc. these just produce noise, nothing but clanging symbols.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. – Philippians 2:1-2
Let’s make sweet melodies!