Disagree well

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

March/April 2016 Issue –  Straight from the Heart‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’  Philippians 1:7

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

Philippians 4:2-3 (NIVUK): ”I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.

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.”

As was the case over the last few days, I found Selwyn’s conclusion to be very good.

He writes: “Notice that the apostle didn’t ex-communicate or de-Christianise these women because they disagreed. He appealed to them both as being ‘in the Lord’ and said their names were ‘in the book of life’.

Being in the Lord does not always guarantee mental and emotional agreement. But when we embrace the mindset that is in Jesus Christ – the mindset Paul has said so much about in this letter – then we can disagree without being disagreeable.

If this speaks to you today bring it before the Father and ask for help.”

I think the way in which we express our disagreement towards another’s’ viewpoint sets the tone for the discussion and any subsequent discussions. In Colossians 4:6, Paul tells us: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

There are some absolute biblical truths, which we cannot compromise on. However, we must remember that people are at different stages in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus. We pray and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit that He will guide each child of God into the one, unified understanding of God’s love as seen in the sacrificial death of Jesus and His resurrection.