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If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
(Matthew 18:15-17) ESV

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
(Romans 12:19) ESV

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, ...
(1 Corinthians 6:1-6) ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16,17) ESV1

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I have known war as few men now living know it. It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
--Douglas MacArthur – American Soldier Born 1880 Died 1964

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.
--Ernest Hemingway – American Novelist Born 1899 Died 1961

It is an excellent rule to be observed in all disputes, that men should give soft words and hard arguments; that they should not so much strive to vex as to convince each other.
--John Wilkins – English Clergyman Born 1614 Died 1672

The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried.
--Sandra Day O'Connor – American Judge Born 1930

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
--John Locke – English Philosopher Born 1632 Died 17044

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Disputes and the Bible

Paul spends a great deal of time in his epistles speaking of Church unity. Christians ought to be united and of the same mind in the Lord. There were two women in the church at Philippi who had a notorious disagreement. This disagreement had become so well known that word of it had reached the apostle Paul. Paul offers wisdom in Philippians 4:2,3 regarding the settlement of disputes between Christians. Let’s look at those verses and discover what we can apply to our personal lives in this regard.

Philippians 4:2,3 “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.”

First, Paul addresses each of the ladies separately, as if he is speaking to them individually rather than together. Paul’s plea is personal to them in his request to have them resolve their differences.

In the case of Euodias and Syntyche, both were apparently mature Christians. Paul says of them that they “labored with me in the gospel.” They also worked with a preacher named Clement as well as other fellow Christians. So both ladies had been busy serving the Lord. Perhaps there was a power struggle between the two ladies who were revered within the church. Regardless of who was right or wrong, Paul admonishes both of them to sit down and resolve their differences.

I notice Paul never mentions what the dispute was about. He didn’t weigh in on what his opinion was on the matter, although his opinion would surely have swayed the church in one direction or another. That was not Paul’s intent. When there is a disagreement within the church, your having sold your idea to more people doesn’t mean that you are right. Just because you have more people agree with you does not mean that you are correct. The multitudes shouted “Crucify Him” when asked what to do with Jesus; for sure the multitude was even in unison, but they were uniformly wrong. The important thing to remember is that the Lord decides what is the right way to go. When we have a dispute, we are to privately get together with the other party and resolve the differences according to God’s Will.

There will be times when two people cannot come to an agreement on what to do. We read in the book of Acts how Paul himself had a disagreement with Barnabas in Acts 15:37 over whether to take Mark along on their journey. The two could not come to an agreement and ended up going separate ways. Sometimes that is an option. Sometimes if a disagreement is sharp it is better for one party to go to another church than to stay and destroy the entire congregation. Sometimes it is not an option. In the case of Euodias and Syntyche, it didn’t seem possible. In that case, note the advise which Paul offers.

Philippians 4:3 “…help those women which laboured with me in the gospel…”

Paul calls for a mediator in the dispute. He did not want the dispute to spread and harm the work of the Lord. Euodias and Syntyche must not have been able to resolve it themselves, so Paul recommends another mature Christian to help them settle the dispute. If a pastor or other mature Christian notices two Christians with a dispute, it is incumbent upon them to help resolve the situation. It is not alright to sit back and let it fester, or hope it goes away. Taking a stance like that is like letting the devil just inside your door and hoping that he leaves on his own. The devil will not leave if left to his own devices, and it is up to us to “mend the fences” when they need mending.2


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Definition of Dispute

1. To argue about; debate.

2. To question the truth or validity of; doubt: Her friends disputed her intentions.

3. To strive to win (a prize, for example); contest for: Our team disputed the visitors' claim to the championship.

4. To strive against; resist: disputed the actions of his competitors.3   




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