December 06, 2019 | By Chuck
“I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life”(Phil.4:2-3). Apparently these two sisters in the church at Philippi were having a difficult time getting along with one another. We’re not told what their disagreement was about or who was at fault. We do know that Paul was concerned enough about these two ladies and their issue that he asked the whole church at Philippi to help them to get along. I don’t believe Paul was overreacting by making such a request of the church. Paul was doing all he could to promote peace and encourage the church to do the same.
The problem between these two sisters may have been minor but even small problems have the potential to cause major division. Sometimes when church members disagree they gather allies to stand with them. I think it’s natural to seek others who agree with you, but when both parties do that you have a church that is divided and possibly a potential church split on your hands. We Christians must accept the fact that we will not always agree on everything. Then we need to stop thinking about ourselves and focus on what’s best for the whole church and promote peace. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all”(Rom.12:18). Paul’s point is do everything within your limited power to live at peace with everyone.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”(Mt.5:9).