Dealing with Personal Offenses (Philippians 4:2-3) John MacArthur

"I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life." (Philippians 4:2--3)

Since conflict between influential people in a church will generate instability throughout the congregation, the two quarreling women at Philippi posed a danger to the entire church's stability. There was a real possibility that the Philippians would become critical, bitter, vengeful, hostile, unforgiving, and proud. Paul knew that unless decisive action was taken quickly, the Philippian church could dissolve into divisive, hostile factions. It was imperative that the Philippians be "diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3; cf. Col. 3:14).

The twice repeated phrase I urge ... I urge shows Paul to be in a pleading

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