Euodia and Syntyche
"I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord."
Euodia and Syntyche were major contributors to the building of the church in Philippi. Paul knew of their perseverance in being leaders in this church and recognized them in his letter along with other believers.
"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." (Phil. 4:3)
Although Euodia and Syntyche were faithful workers they harbored a dispute between themselves that Paul got word of and knew would threaten the harmony of the congregation if overlooked.
Paul challenged the women to "be of the same mind." While in the midst of the church he asked them to put away any foolish disputes and the things that would hurt the well-being of the body of believers. He encouraged them to settle what was between them and make it right and while doing, be up-lifting; encouraging to those around them.
Paul also called on the other leaders in the church to help Euodia and Syntyche reconcile and return to the "same mind" in the Lord. The body of the church is to work together in one accord to create a loving and peaceful environment in Christ.
When Christian men and women have the mind of Christ, they do not demand their own ways, they work together for the good of the church, an essential relationship for a healthy church body. And they also choose what is most loving and edifying for the building up of the whole congregation.
When there are diverse personalities in one body it can sometimes be hard, but with much prayer, humility and counsel from the Word of God it can be helpful in reconciling differences, as in the relationship between Euodia and Syntyche.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, May we always strive to be unified as we work together to further Your Kingdom. Where there is discord in a church, bring about reconciliation amongst the body of Christ. May they strive for the goal of having a church that is peaceful and harmonious to all those that enter in. In Jesus' name. Amen.