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“Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”


In the first part of this verse, Paul appealed to unity through like-mindedness and love.  Here he continued his plea with the third characteristic of unity.

being of one accord”

This phrase means literally co-souled, soul with soul. This is a unity of sentiment, a unity of life in love. Christians should have souls that are in harmony.

A common disposition will follow from the unity of thought and affection. This is symphony of the soul. If a note is struck, the same note will answer when in key with another instrument. Everything has its note.

Musical instruments are sensitive and readily get out of tune. A standard tuning instrument is necessary to keep instruments in harmony.


Christians should have a harmony of souls with each other.


Our common tuning instrument with each other is God himself. If we each individually keep our lives in tune with God, we can be in tune with each other. The discord will become lost in the orchestra of glorious praise to God.