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Friday, December 16, 2016

Conflict in the Church (Philippians 4:2)

"I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each in the Lord."

Euodia and Syntyche. I wonder why Paul had to rebuke these women publically? Both women had a leadership position at the church in Philippi; they "contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with . . . the rest of my fellow workers." Paul values their contribution to the ministry therefore he singles each lady out and adjures her to sort out her difference with the other. He holds each one responsible for the conflict. Each one has to forgive the other but it takes both for reconciliation to take place.

It would have been helpful had Paul specified the reason for their conflict. But he didn't. And rightly so. Women have women problems in church. (Not to say that men don't. Had two men been out of sorts with one another Paul certainly would have addressed them.) Women are competitive creatures and competition among women creates conflict.

Had Paul spelled out their particular issue then we would think that because our conflict differs from their's then our conflict with another "church woman" doesn't need to be confronted. Wrong. All conflict affects the whole body and cannot be glossed over.

Because Paul singled each one out by name neither woman could wait for the other to make the first move toward reconciliation. Same with me. Same with you. You must make the first move toward reconciliation. You cannot wait on the other person to move toward you. You initiate resolution. 

Only by pride cometh contention (Proverbs 13:10, KJV)

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Philippians 3:1-4:23
  • How does Paul or anyone obtain righteousness?
  • What do false teachers teach about obtaining righteousness and what is Paul's view of their teaching?
  • How do enemies of the cross live?
  • Who does Paul confront in the Philippian church and why?
  • What does this tell you about the early church?
  • What is the antidote for anxiety?
  • What is man's responsibility in guarding his mind from anxiety?
1 Timothy 1:1-2:15
  • Why does Paul instruct Timothy to remain in Ephesus?
  • What reason does Paul give for his patience in the spiritual growth of others?
  • What caused the "shipwrecking of faith" with Hymenacus and Alexander?
  • How are the believers to respond to governing authorities?
  • How does Paul describe God?
  • Why does Paul admonish the women to dress modestly?
  • What attitude should define women who profess to know God?
Turning truth into prayer:
Ask the Lord to help you walk in obedience to Him as you address any broken relationship you may have with a woman or women in your church (or past church).