Joy from Living in Harmony with Others

Chic Broersma

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I urge Euodia and . . . Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. (4:2)

It’s been said that if the American colonies had been more unified at the time of the Revolution, they could have won their war for independence from Britain in one year. Instead, because of bickering and division, it took eight years of bloody battle.

Two leaders in the church at Philippi were at odds. The cause? We don’t know. We do know leaders have a special responsibility to act in harmony because of the power they have to polarize a congregation by their words and actions.

To accept a position of leadership is to accept responsibilities that go beyond personal preferences. Leaders always must seek the good of the whole church over their own desires.

Why is this so important? Because the church is involved daily in a life and death battle with “enemies of the cross of Christ” (3:18). Only if we are united will we win the victory.

To dwell above with saints we love,

that will be grace and glory.

To live below with saints we know;

that’s another story!

If everyone imitated you, would there be unity in your congregation? Are you willing to yield to the desires of others?


Lord of the cross and of the church, help me put the desires of others before my own.