I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, loyal yoke-fellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel.
Maybe you know Euodia and Syntyche. Maybe you know two sisters in Christ…or two brothers in Christ…or two groups in Christ…that have taken a hard line of disagreement. Feelings are hurt. Frustration is real. Judgments are made. Anger is clearly present or just barely kept under a tight mask of calm…or self-righteousness.
What are we to do? Well, if we’re Euodia and Syntyche—or Earl and Sam—we need to get over ourselves really quickly. We need to humble ourselves before Jesus. We need to give up all pride, stubborness, self-righteousness, self-indignation and that horrible death-bringing attitude of needing to be right…and believing we always are!
What are we to do if we’re the sisters and brothers in Christ and watching this disagreement in the Body of Christ? We also need to get over ourselves really quickly. We, too, need to humble ourselves before Jesus. And we need to stand with Jesus—stand in His grace, stand in His truth, stand in His love, stand in His wisdom—as we listen, talk and encourage healing and unity within the Body of Christ.
It is for all of us—whether we are in the midst of the disagreement or we are the observers—we all must fully focus on Jesus. Fully focus on what is really of eternal value and what is our Lord’s desire in all we do.
Like Paul, who pleads for unity, humility and focusing on Jesus—so do I. First, for myself and within all of my relationships—asking God to move me from pride and stubbornness…constantly and continually…so that my energy and my efforts will not be spent in self-focused attitudes and actions but rather passionately contending for the gospel of Christ which offers us life, love, grace, truth and peace.
May we each invite God…and obey God…to keep us humble and living in peace with all our brothers and sisters in Christ for the sake of His glory and for us to reflect Him beautifully and truly to those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior. May we each as members of the Body of Christ live like the Body of Christ!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane