Skip to main content

Philippians 4:3: Help These Women


Philippians 4:3
[3] Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. (ESV)

There was a disagreement in Philippi. We do not know what it was about. We know that it involved two women, Euodia and Syntyche. They were mentioned in the previous verse and that is the only time we see their names in Scripture. These ladies were very special to the Apostle Paul and to the church at Philippi.

We discover in today's verse that these ladies labored side by side with Paul in proclaiming the Gospel at Philippi. He is asking the recipients of this letter to prove the genuineness of their being a companion to Paul by helping these ladies to set aside their dispute and work together again for the cause of the Gospel.

Satan hates the church. He wants to destroy it. Always. We have a foolish notion about the devil wearing a red suit and carrying a pitchfork. Satan is not a myth. He is real, and he is cunning. How does he attack a church? From the inside. He finds two willing participants who he can stir up resentment between and from there he can undermine the church's effectiveness.

I don't know what Euodia and Syntyche disagreed about. It might have been a very legitimate concern. The reality is that when we hold on to resentment towards someone the credibility of the Gospel suffers. We are to forgive even if the other is not sorry. We are to overlook an offense. We are to place Christ first, and not our collection of offenses.

Are you in a dispute with someone? Could it be time to let it go so that you can free your heart to love others and share the Gospel with them? Don't wait. For the sake of Christ, let it go.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .

Romans 11:24 [24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV) We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness. There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed. After Jesu

Romans 3:18: There Is No Fear Of God Before Their Eyes

Romans 3:18 [18] “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (ESV) Should we be terrified of God? There are many who think that God is only a God of love and not to be feared at all. Is God a God of judgment? The Apostle Paul is going to bring us some perspective on how how we should approach God. This verse is a quote from the Old Testament and is a statement on the overall condition of humankind in every generation. First of all, we are going to need to define the word "fear." This idea of fear is not necessarily terror, but rather it is a healthy sense of awe of God's greatness. It is astounding how man can look at God, and see all that he has made, and not be overwhelmed by a sense of awe at his greatness. I think of how man has come up with a theory of evolution primarily to excuse their ignoring of God. As a result of ignoring God's greatness and refusing to give him the glory that he deserves there is another aspect of fear that man should have. Man