Today’s text contains some hints of conflict and tension in the early church. As you have probably already discovered, Christians aren’t exempt from conflict. Unfortunately, there have always been tensions, disagreements, and conflicts in Christ’s church since the beginning. Some of Paul’s letters were even written to confront and resolve various conflicts and confusions within the early church.
A portion of today’s text…
“I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:2–4, NKJV)
Yes, even those who are truly saved and have their names written in God’s “Book of Life” sometimes find themselves at odds with each other. Sometimes, like today’s example, it will take a 3rdor 4thparty to help resolve the conflict. I especially love Charles Spurgeon’s take on this situation…
“I am glad that we do not know what the quarrel was about; I am usually thankful for ignorance on such subjects; – but as a cure for disagreements, the apostle says, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always.’ People who are very happy, especially those who are very happy in the Lord, are not apt either to give offense or to take offense. Their minds are so sweetly occupied with higher things, that they are not easily distracted by the little troubles which naturally arise among such imperfect creatures as we are. Joy in the Lord is the cure for all discord.” (Spurgeon)
Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and make His priorities our priorities. This will surely make a huge difference in our attitudes of love and unity towards one another.