The thought of going down in history can be appealing, unless of course it’s because you sinned. That is just what happened to Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3). Two prominent women, and the only thing they are remembered for is their argument. Euodia (meaning prosperous) and Syntyche (meaning pleasant acquaintance) are called out to reconcile. Both women were renowned already for good things, but their reputation was tarnished by pointless bickering. The whole church is addressed by the letter, and that whole church was responsible for keeping them accountable. By addressing them individually and directly, Paul shows that he cares more about the health of the whole flock than about the possibility of offending some key women in that flock. He literally them to reconcile. He doesn’t take a side, and likely didn’t know the details or the motives behind the actions. Perhaps Epaphrodites told him about the conflict when he was with Paul in Rome and asked him for advice on how to settle it. The key take away is that Christians cannot stay at odds with each other for any reason. If we truly care about each other we will be intolerant of anything that causes or continues disunity.