Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. 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.”
Philippians 4:2-3 NLT
Here we see a division between Euodia and Syntyche, two women who were believers in the church at Philippi. These women may have been a part of the original women's prayer group that met at the river in Acts 16:11-15. Lydia, a seller of purple and quite a prosperous business woman, was the first convert in all of Europe. Lydia had come to believe in Jesus through the missionary work of Paul and Silas as they shared with the women's group on the sabbath day by the Krenides river. Euodia and Syntyche may have been two of the participants in that meeting. However, they may have later come to know the Lord as the church grew. Either way, they both had become known as hard workers in the faith. Some type of disagreement had developed between them and it was so disruptive that it was affecting the unity of the church. Paul calls on the church to help restore these ladies to fellowship with one another and restore the unity of the church. The gospel message needed to continue moving forward and division only disturbed that progress. As we work together in the ministry of the church, let us work hard at resolving differences and restoring unity. Anything less is disruptive and destructive. The gospel is at stake.
Rev. Curtis Norris