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Question about Philipians 4:2-3?

Submitted: 1/7/2008
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Question: Hello, I am hoping that you can give me some greater insight into the dispute between the two women Paul mentions in this passage. I am currently having an 'issue' with a sister in Christ who communicates without grace. This has been a continuing point of contention for her with several members of our church body, including recently myself. What needs to change? Does there need to be more grace on the part of my sister in sensitively communicating with other women in the body or does there need to be less sensitivity to communications in the other women, and greater patience with our offending sister? How can we be reconciled in love? It grieves me that as a group of Holy-Ghost-filled believers we are having such an issue with unity in our body of women. Any instruction you may provide would be greatly appreciated. God bless you.

Answer: Philippians 4:2-3 says, 'I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.' It is very sad when members of the body of Christ have issues with one another. From what you have said, it seems as though the issue is not so much what this sisters says as how she says it. Perhaps her tone is sharp or sarcastic or condemning. In the passage above, Paul encourages the sisters to come together in one mind, but then urges a third party to help with the resolution. This may be the best answer. Perhaps all of the parties could sit down together with a mediator who could hear all sides and then make some suggestions as to how to have better communication. This could be a pastor or other leader. The important thing is that all parties hold the mediator in high regard.