READ : Philippians 4:2-3
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. (v. 2)
Paul names names. It’s an extraordinary move. How would you like to be singled out for a reprimand in the pages of Holy Scripture? Paul does this not to embarrass this pair—they are his friends and co-workers—but because they are leaders. Their dispute could polarize the congregation.
The dispute is clearly serious, but Paul neither spells it out nor takes sides. Instead, he urges them “to be of the same mind.” This means, at the least, that they humbly look at each other’s point of view.
He also reminds Euodia and Syntyche that they are “in the Lord.” In other words, their relationships are always mediated through Christ. We know that we relate to God the Father only through Christ. He is our mediator. But we also relate to others only through Christ. For Christians, life is mediated. All we say and do must pass through Christ.
In our judicial system we sometimes talk to each other through lawyers. Our lawyer puts our case in the best light. His goal is for us to win. In the church we talk to each other through Christ. He puts the other’s case in the best light. His goal is for us to be reconciled.
Talking through Christ is our way to conflict resolution.
Lord Jesus, let nothing be said outside of you. Amen.