For Reflection/Discussion: Paul states that he is pleading with two women whom he calls out by name. What does the word "plead" imply about the gravity of the situation? Why, in your judgment, did Paul use their names rather than refer to a generic conflict within the church? What evidence is there that this was a personal conflict rather than a conflict over theology or doctrine? How can conflict between two people in a congregation have negative repercussions for the whole church? What are Paul's solutions to the problem? What does it mean to be "of the same mind in the Lord"? How do relationship problems undermine our joy? Are there any people with whom you have unresolved issues that need to be addressed? What steps can you take to address the situation in a positive way?