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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
The first few paragraphs of Philippians 4 seem a little out of place in such a hopeful letter. Paul clearly assumes that his readers in Philippi are mature and experienced enough in their faith to be able to apply the wealth of deep and yet practical advice he is sending them.
But apparently--even is such a strong, positive, practice church--some women are having a disagreement. It would be easy to throw in some chauvinistic jokes (or even some honest observations) about women tending to have disagreements in church to this day...but let's not go there. Let's talk about MEN letting disagreements destroy their fellowship with their Christian brothers. We all either know "those guys," are "those guys," or have had to help "those guys" work things out. This is not a male/female thing or a then/now thing. This is us, right now, so let's see what Paul's strategy was. I am quoting the Philippians 4:2-3 (NLT) below, but I encourage you to go back and read this in as many versions as you can and think and pray about it more, on your own.
"Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche..." Paul calls them by name. He doesn't mess around and waste time and space. "Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement." Only one reason is ever needed as to WHY two Christians should work out their problems--no matter what they are. "And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women..." He urges trusted church leaders to get involved and make sure this gets resolved. "...for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life." Paul subtly reminds the two ladies and the leaders that there are other people who could easily join the Let's Solve This Now Team if needed, giving the ones having a conflict a genuine, heartfelt, grateful compliment in the midst of it all.
Of course, the ultimate advice on solving conflicts between believers is Jesus' own teaching in Matthew 18 (you should read the whole chapter if this doesn't ring a bell). Paul clearly knows and is applying that process here. So guys...are you "that guy" or need to help "those guys" work things out? Get on it. I appeal to you.