Paul tells of two people who worked in the church but fell out. Perhaps as often happens it started as a small argument but eventually grew until it began to affect the whole congregation. Paul doesn’t give much detail but he says ” I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other (Philippians 4.2).
This happened about 2000 years ago and it still happens – we have rifts in our church don’t we. This short plea speaks to us today – a lesson about unity in the church – we can all help in this – watch our tongues – not repeating gossip but helping each other to find a way forward through the heat of the moment and in difficult times.
Here is a wee poem about it:
Euodia and Syntyche were Paul’s good friends
Who for the gospel did contend;
But all we know about them now
Is that these ladies had a row!
So, if YOU have a heated spat
It’s wise to check who knows of that;
A row’s a cause of bitter tears
Remembered for two thousand years!