ESV Philippians 4:2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
What is the situation described in these two verses? Two devoted Christian women are at odds with one another, in conflict with one another. These women worked with the Apostle Paul helping take the message of Jesus Christ to lost people and to help Paul build up the church. Now these women are in conflict. Fighting within keeps us from being effective in accomplishing God's purposes of saving lost people and restoring the saved to abundant life. "In fighting" ruins the effectiveness of the family and the local church. What is the solution?
The solution is for the two women to work on thinking the same. That is really hard to do when two strong willed people hold different opinions. Paul urges the women to agree in the Lord and asks a mature believer to help them do so. The word translated "agree" means "to think". Paul strongly encourages the women to renew their thinking in the truth, God's word. However, both may think they have the truth. The mature believer has impact in promoting harmony by bringing the truth to each of the women. Paul did this with those who disagreed with him in the Philippian Church. Read the following statement and scriptural counsel from the Apostle Paul.
Philippians 3:15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
The mature believer teaches the truth and depends on the Lord to reveal it to the Christian who thinks differently. He also encourages the disagreeing believers to live up to what they know and agree on (i.e. how to love one another). Paul also gave them an example to follow. When people disagreed with him in the Philippian Church, he taught the truth and depended on the Lord to reveal it to those who disagreed, while at the same time continuing to work with them to accomplish God's purposes.
How about you? What do you do when you find yourself in conflict with a fellow believer? Do you seek to confirm the truth by going to a mature believer? Do you continue to live in harmony with the person you disagree with depending on the Lord to reveal truth to the other person? Do you get stubborn and mean? Do you avoid the person you disagree with? Do you continue to live according to the truth you know serving the Lord Jesus Christ? We don't need to work against one another or have a strained relationship when we disagree with a fellow believer. We do need to seek the truth together and live according to the truth we know depending on the Lord to reveal His truth.