“Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:11, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What makes this passage so significant is what transpired in Acts 15.
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. (Acts 15:36-40, NIV 1984).
The Mark in 2 Timothy and “John, also called Mark,” in Acts 15, are generally considered by Bible scholars to be the same person. While the disagreement surrounding Mark appears to have been quite contentious (“sharp“), and resulted in them parting company, they were eventually reconciled. So much so that Paul wound up considering Mark to be “helpful to me in my ministry.“
There will be times, when well-meaning Christians will see things differently. It is sad when it results in broken relationships. To amicably work through the dispute with your brother or sister in Christ is better by far. If not, reconciliation is sweet.
My Advice – We have been called to a higher standard than those without Christ. When you have a dispute with another believer, do you best to work it out. Unfortunately, there will be times that being at peace with one another will not depend on you (Romans 12:18). In such cases, “why not rather be wronged?” (1 Corinthians 6:7, NIV 1984). Let the Holy Spirit do His work, leaving the door open for reconciliation at a later time, rather than escalating the dispute or insisting upon being right. “Blessed are the peacemakers.“