Philippians 4:2-7 NIVI plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Reflection. I love the realism in this passage. Two people, who have walked the gospel walk with St Paul, are at loggerheads. They are good people and they need help. Paul wants their relationship to be healed, and he sees that they will need help in this process. He is also clear that they are saved, and a difference of opinion does not change that one iota.
It makes me grateful for all those times that Christian friends have helped me to resolve issues.
It makes me realise that we are still one in Christ even if we disagree.
It makes me consider are there relationships I might have a hand in healing; people I might be able to help.
Prayer. May we have the same mind as the Lord. May we touch others with His love. For Jesus's sake and name. Amen.