v 2. Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. 3 And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, 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.
Philippi was a great place for Church! Paul’s time there (Acts 16) had brought about the conversion of a Jailer and his family, as well as that of a wealthy woman who traded in cloth. Others had been added since and when Paul writes two keen members who had assisted him were at loggerheads. So Paul appeals to them, saying basically, ‘Sort yourselves out! You are members of the Christian family, settle your disagreement.’
How often Pastors have had to (metaphorically) bang heads together to get people working together in the right frame of mind! In Christian work real wisdom is needed, hence James writes ‘ wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:17)
Will you strive to be a peace-maker in every area of life?