Agree to Agree

We are inclined to think agreeing with each other means thinking the same thing. The dictionary defines the word, “to have the same opinion”. This suggests two parties looking at the same facts and arriving at the same conclusion. But this is almost never the case. Christians have a long history intensely disagreeing with each other over numerous issues. In Philippians 4:2 Paul tells two women, and by extension all believers, to agree. So let’s define “agree”. It does not mean think the same thing or else we would all prefer modern architecture, apple products, and outdoor seating. Instead the word means to have the same attitude. In the original, the word translated “agree” is the same word translated “mind” in Philippians 2:2. The original readers understood attitude to be a product of the mind. So even Christians with radically different views can live in perfect harmony if they have an attitude of humility and love. The Scriptures do not teach complete uniformity on anything except the essentials of the Gospel. To have the same mind is to obey Philippians 2:1-4 as illustrated by Christ in Philippians 2:5-8. We agree (same conclusion) to agree (same attitude).

3 thoughts on “Agree to Agree

  1. I agree Gary – I thank God the Father for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives! The perfect humility and love of our Redeemer is fulfilled in us and although we are all gifted by God in many differing ways we each have our own distinct identities united In Christ. We achieve harmony of opinion, feeling and purpose.

  2. So do you think that is what occurred in Acts 15:36-41? If Barnabas had not disagreed sharply with Paul in Acts 15 and decided to part ways, then Paul’s comment in 2 Timothy 4:11 may never have happened.

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