DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 4:1-3
THEME: THE ART OF MAKING PEACE
WORDS OF HOPE:
Even in “good” churches, you often find brethren who have differences with each other; such was the case with the church at Philippi. As Paul continues with various exhortations to the Christian life, at this point in his epistle, he addresses his comments concerning a rift that apparently existed among two members at Philippi (4:1-3). How Paul approaches the sensitive task of trying to make peace between Euodia and Syntyche provides several lessons in the use of tact.
a. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to be known as “peacemakers” (Mt 5:9)
We can glean the following from the passage;
- The Peacemaker must love those on both sides: Paul start out by expressing his love with the terms, my brothers and sisters, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown. The peacemaker must have sincere love for those on both sides of an issue. They must be able to express their love as did Paul. With a mutual love for those on both sides, the
peacemaker is in a position to render a fair evaluation of the problem and the solution.
- The peacemaker should treat both sides tenderly and equally: Note the repeated and equal use of the verb “implore”. I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche. Rather than take sides, Paul treats them both tenderly and equally.
- The Peacemaker must seek the oneness of mind: He noted that Euodia and Syntyche must be of the same mind in the Lord.
- The peacemaker must see the good and give credit when due.
- The Peacemaker must use assistance when available: Find out those who can help and utilize them.
In a world that is as divided as ours, there is a grave need for those who can serve as faithful and effective “peacemakers”.
• Lord, grant me the grace to love all.
• Lord, may I see the good in others.
• Lord, may I serve as a faithful peacemaker.
Lord, as far as it depends on me, may I make peace with all people. Amen