In his letter to the Philippian church, the apostle Paul was attempting to cause two people who were apparently friends of his – Euodia and Syntyche – to become reconciled.

He said, “I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel…” (Philippians 4:2-3).

Please note that there is no indication in Scripture as to exactly what caused a rift in their relationship. Paul does not give any hint as to why these women were not walking in unity. We are not privy to the reason that they’re apparently upset with one another.

But we do know enough about Paul to know that this was not a doctrinal issue. If it had been he would have taught them. This was obviously something more trivial. Yet, at the same time, it was obviously important enough for Paul to want to address the issue.

It’s also important to recognize that in his request for them to be reconciled, Paul did not take sides. He pled with each woman to be in agreement. It apparently did not matter to Paul who was ultimately at fault; the matter needed to be cleared up.

I think these couple of verses were intentionally placed in Scripture for us to learn from. There’s an important lesson here for us about unity. No matter who is at fault, being reconciled to one another in love and unity is of utmost priority.

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