“Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.” Colossians 4:10-11 (NKJV)
It is almost a certainty that many had heard of the desertion of Mark from a Missions endeavor with Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:13), in what was probably not a favorable condition. Then some time later brought contention between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41).
Paul would not hear of taking Mark, and Barnabas insisted. Thus the two parted their ways, and chose different ministry brothers. If we look at that this way – the ministry doubled – we might have less trouble with the contention.
The above verses though show us that Paul had a forgiving heart, a loving heart and attitude which should be evident in every follower, and believer in Christ Jesus.
Something we as Christians too often forget is to give honor to those who work with us, beside us, and for the honor and glory of Christ. Let us face it; without our brethren we are without strength. Praise, and thank God, His Son Jesus, and do not neglect or forget the one’s who walk and work alongside you (your “Fellow workers”). And always, always forbear, and forgive.