Euodia and Syntyche are mentioned once in the New Testament in Philippians 4:2 which reads: “I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” After coming to know Christ, these two women worked alongside the apostle Paul in the work of the Gospel; however, from the verse above, it is clear that they failed to see eye to eye on either one issue or several issues. Their disagreement made doing the work of the Gospel difficult so Paul had to instruct them to lay aside their differences and be of one mind. What can we learn from this episode between Euodia and Syntyche?
1. Euodia and Syntyche had to learn to work together in unity. We do not know what caused Euodia and Syntyche to be at odds with one another. Neither do we know if they ever got over their differences. We do know that they were told to do so.
Being a Christian and working with others who are Christians does not mean we will always agree, but we should not allow our disagreements to hinder what we are doing for God. Lots of times we have to agree to disagree. God is not pleased when we allow our little disputes to hold up His Gospel from reaching others. He wants us to work together with love, in peace and oneness.
Are you at odds with another Christian? Your service to God will never be all it should be if you don’t reconcile. Make wrongs right.