There Has Always Been Drama

10 Aug

Philippians 4:2, 3a:  “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.  And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel . . .” 

 

Do we understand what is happening in these two verses?  Euodias and Syntyche were two women of the Philippian congregation.  They were mentioned in verse 2 and were  presumably the same women spoken of in verse 3.

 

Even in the days before Facebook, these two women wound up immortalized forever by the fact that they were not getting along.  Amazing, isn’t it?

 

Now, why did Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, record their story for posterity in the book of Philippians?  It was certainly not to shame them forever, as he was urging them to reconcile and we have every reason to believe they did.

 

No, it seems as though verse 3 holds a key as to why we still have this story, in the 21st century.  These women had labored faithfully with Paul in the gospel.  This was not a schoolyard rivalry, but rather a deep division between two spiritually mature women.  And Paul not only urged them to reconcile, but he urged others to help them do it, too.

 

What can we learn from this?  Divisions (and drama) have always occurred.  They are nothing new.  They can also happen between mature, spiritually-minded believers.  When they do, God’s heart is toward reconciliation.  Ours should be, too.

 

Truth is, at some point in every life, that person experiencing the division will be you.  It will be me.  And we will be so grateful that others in the church help us reconcile, that others give us grace in the situation.

 

If we see divisions taking place around us, we should have one of two responses.  Either we silently stay out of it, and let others handle it, or we work toward reconciliation between the two parties, helping them get to where they need to be. 

 

There is no other option.  Gossip or “piling on” so that the bloodletting increases are not godly responses.  We should quash any impulses in those directions and keep praying that God will reconcile the two warring factions.  It is good for all of us when our churches have healthy, reconciled relationships. 

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