Sunday, July 31
Philemon 1:8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required...
think about it.
Addressing the issue of the runaway slave, Onesimus, how does Paul appeal to Philemon (8-14)? How does Paul view Onesimus (10-16)? What can you take from Paul's example and use in a conflict with other believers?
Today we move on to the second half of Philemon and Paul's appeal for the runaway slave Onesimus. Paul lets Philemon know that he is sending Onesimus back to Philemon--but as a changed man because Onesimus is now part of the family of God. Then, he writes these important and telling words: "that you would have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother--especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord" (vs. 15-16). Paul is putting before Philemon the reminder that there are no hierarchies in God's family.
So how did this passage speak to you today? And how will you draw on and use this reminder (in your church, your family, your day-to-day life)? Tami W.
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