Help the Disunified

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What? Disunity?

The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. 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 4:2-3)

We know that the two women were arguing about something, and it was well-known enough that Paul, hundreds of miles away, knew about it. Unity is important to Paul (see Philippians 2:1-4 and other places). So, he asks “true companion” to help these women get along with each other.

Then Paul tells us that their names are in the Book of Life. The Book of Life contains those who will be in Heaven at the end of all things. In Heaven, they’ll have to get along with each other. So … why not here on Earth?

They have worked alongside Paul in the ministry of the Gospel. They are part of the Lord’s body, the Church. They will be partakers at the wedding supper of the Lord.

There’s a lesson here for believers: we should not be disunified, even if we don’t agree on something. We should choose wisely whether we will break fellowship with another believer who doesn’t agree with us on all things. After all, who DOES?

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