I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2)
Have you ever been in a fight with another Christian? I don't necessarily mean a physical altercation, but a differing of opinion that caused a rift in emotions — most of us who have been a part of a church for any amount of time have.
Paul recounted in his letter to the church in Philippi about two deaconesses that opposed one another. They had some type of argument, and they couldn’t see eye to eye. Remember, Satan desires to bring division among God’s people.
Notice what Paul asked these two women to do. He told them to be of the same mind in the Lord. Paul didn’t ask that they give up their opinion or that they had to agree to think the same way about the problem. Instead, he asked for them to find common ground in Jesus.
You will often encounter people who see things very differently than you. Differences in opinion and viewpoint can cause frustrations, arguments, and difficulties while we are on this earth. Mature Christians decide to walk in love, whether they can agree about everything or not.
Jesus told us what to do when we want to fight other believers in the 18th chapter of Matthew. He said that we should go directly to the person and explain why we are upset; if they listen, then you have regained a good relationship. If they don’t, then you can bring one other person with you to be a moderator and discuss the frustration. For Christians, this is where any argument should end.
In other parts of the Bible, it tells us simply to take the wrong. Just fix it and move on. That’s what mature Christians do. You can forgive anyone that you decide to.
Practical Application – Search your heart today and ask if there is anyone you need to forgive. If so, pray and ask God to help you forgive them and move on.
Matthew 6:15; Ephesians 4:32