As with any congregation, there are conflicts in the Philippian church. Two co-workers of Paul, who have “contended at his side” – worked hard in the face of opposition – for the sake of the Gospel, have had a falling-out. Paul’s prayer is that they would be “of the same mind in the Lord.” May that be our prayer for all with whom we disagree – and may it be their prayer for us!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Father, we fail to get along with all the people you have put in our lives, in family, work and church. Peace has been replaced with conflict and manipulation. We used to love and respect each other, and now everyone is self-centered. Lord, I repent on my own behalf. All of us – myself included – have wronged you and each other with our selfishness. Forgive us, give us patience so that we can resolve our differences in an amicable way. Lord Jesus, you loved us while we were still sinners and you continue to shower us with your love even when we fail. Lord, let your love take control of our thoughts, actions, and words as we interact with each other. Please help us to value each other the same way you value us and give us the grace to treat each other right. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.