2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. 3 Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life (Philippians 4).
Most people have the opinion that Euodia and Syntyche were at odds with one another, but I’m thinking perhaps they were together at odds with Clement and other “fellow workers” Paul mentioned. Yet, does it really matter? Also, the “true companion” Paul addresses — just who is this really? But again, does this even matter?
What I find most extraordinary is how Paul is not afraid to give open admonishment (I would hardly call this a rebuke) to two specific people (perhaps deaconesses) in the church, knowing that they would be listening along with the entire church whenever this was read to them during an open assembly. When it came to folks not “living in harmony,” it appears Paul simply had no patience, and refused to dance around the issue. And yet, I wonder … how often did Paul regret his argument with Barnabas?
Lord, thank You for Your great patience with us, especially when we don’t get along with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us This Day to be especially diligent to live in harmony with all those You bring our way, and thus to make music to Your ears. Amen.