Healing Hurts, Settling Disagreements

Helen Brownson

READ : Philippians 4:2-3

It happens to all of us. Differences develop between church members or family members, and we find reconciliation difficult. We contend with each other.

I was seven years older than my youngest sister, but we often talked and shared together. As the years went by, we became separated by college and marriage. We drifted apart. My sister shunned my advice and became independent-so I thought. She avoided sharing with me, seemed alienated, and I felt rejected.

Then our parents planned a family reunion in Maine. My sister and I looked forward to that as a time for reconciliation, but the reunion turned into a funeral because my sister died in a car accident on the way. My hurts dissolved in my grief for the sister I loved.

Euodia and Syntyche were two women within the church fellowship who could not agree. They were “excellent women” as Paul called them, who had worked hard in the cause of the gospel. But they needed to resolve their differences and be of one mind.

We resemble Euodias and Syntyche. Living with saints here seems impossible at times! The best possibility is to seek peace with persons with whom we disagree now!


Help us to be gracious, Lord, and to be of one mind.