1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
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.
I went to a training session at work called “Difficult Conversations, Diffusing Conflicts”. It was an interesting session as I learned that if you ask somebody to do something and they are in a bad mood, they can respond negatively and emotionally. I could engage with that negative emotional comment that has nothing to do with the work involved. By acknowledging their work load, but still addressing the issue of work that needs to be done, we can avoid an escalating conflict.
Euodia and Syntyche may have been great friends and worked together for awhile before something came up to cause dissension and division between the two. Paul considered them as co-workers and pleaded with them to be united and of the same mind in the Lord. If we look at God being our boss, it may change our perspective on how we manage our relationships and try to keep the peace even though we may disagree with how somebody responds to us. The next time somebody reacts to me, I do need to take a step back and be calm about the situation. Jesus was accused by the Pharisees, but he did not engage in arguing with them.