April 16, 2021
The Apostle Paul Called These Two Women Out
Philippians 4:2 (KJV) I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
The Apostle Paul named these two women, Eudias and Syntyche, in his letter to the Philippian church. Often Paul would name specific people in his letters, giving them greetings, but here he implored these two women to “be of the same mind in the Lord” or agree with God and each other. These two women did not see eye to eye, perhaps with either one willing to give an inch in their position. This clashing certainly is not a godly position to be apart of in a church or among the world. God seeks unity, not division.
The Apostle Paul’s point here is that each of these two ladies must choose to lay down what was separating them and to unite in serving Christ before their split separated others in the church.
In this letter to the Ephesian church containing all the “one’s,” Paul reminds these women and us today about the importance of agreeing, foremost with God, and maintaining unity with each other. In other words, he encouraged them to avoid extremes, parties of “one,” and to seek common ground with God and among their church congregation.
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