by David Sanford

Day 20

Read Philippians 4:2-3

Paul's letter was very likely read out to the Philippian believers, who would have gathered together to listen to it. That's how letters were communicated in those days.

In heaven, everyone will be reconciled, but there is no need to wait that long

As such, I invite you to picture how today's verses might have been read out to the Philippians. Imagine yourself as one of the believers. The reader of the letter pauses, and you look at Euodia, then at Syntyche. In unguarded moments, the eyes and face reveal one's heart. What do you see? The knowing look of pretentious-spirituality? Or the Spirit-softened look of humility?

As the reader of the letter starts reading out today's verses, his own facial features soften. His eyes begin to water, and his tone of voice changes. ″I plead . . .″ he begins, and pauses again. Paul rarely uses the word ″plead″, but he uses it here in rapid succession. ″I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche . . .″ Silence falls over the room. The congregation takes a collective breath. ″. . . to be of the same mind in the Lord″ (Philippians 4:2).

The reader continues: ″Yes, and I ask you, my true companion [likely Epaphroditus], help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel . . .″ (v. 3). He pauses again, this time to motion for both women to come forward.

In heaven, everyone will be reconciled, but there is no need to wait that long.

″. . . along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life″ (v. 3). Epaphroditus motions to Clement. In turn, Clement motions to a few others, and together, they join Euodia and Syntyche up front. Without a word, the women embrace in tears. All is forgiven. Unity is restored. Clement offers a heartfelt prayer of thanksgiving. Then, they quietly return to their seats.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to meet Euodia and Syntyche in heaven? Maybe we'll get to hear from them about this moment, when today's two verses were read aloud for the first time in Philippi. How deeply moving that would be.

Think through:

Is the Holy Spirit prompting you about someone with whom you need to be reconciled? Is there an Epaphroditus and a Clement who can meet you and this other person?

Has the Lord shown you any individuals whom you could help reconcile?




About Author

David Sanford loves God's Word and has served as the author, co-author, editor, managing editor, or executive editor for more than a dozen Bible and Bible-related projects. He and his wife, Renée Sanford, a noted author and editor in her own right, live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America.

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