Week 48   Day 7

 

How would the gospel of Jesus work

            in a situation like this? 

A slave and his owner; it was perfectly legal

Yet this is a story

            about

            how being a Christian

            makes all the difference in the world 

 

Philemon was a citizen of Rome

            where slavery was common 

He was also and foremost a citizen of heaven 

            and that turns everything

            up side down 

 

The issue becomes

            not what rights do I have 

            but what would Jesus have me do 

What is the example I see in Jesus

            that would help me act

            in this circumstance

            of dealing with a run-away slave

 

Forgiveness and reconciliation are not empty words 

            knowing Jesus

            transforms our relationships 

 

In Christ

            your slave become your bother

            your enemy becomes your dear friend!

 

Choose life and health and peace

Forgive and be reconciled.

 

 

 

                              A SLAVE WHO IS A SON

                             A lesson in reconciliation.

                                              Philemon

 

    1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,

to Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer.  3Grace to

you and peace.

    4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my

prayers, 5hearing of your love and faith which you have toward

the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, 6that the sharing of

your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of

every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.  7We have
great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts

of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

    8Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to

command you what is fitting, 9yet for love's sake I rather

appeal to you--being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now

also a prisoner of Jesus Christ--10 I appeal to you for my

son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,

11who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable

to you and to me.

    12 I am sending him back.  You therefore receive him,

that is, my own heart, 13whom I wished to keep with me,

that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains

for the gospel.  14But without your consent I wanted to do

nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion,

as it were, but voluntary.

    15Perhaps he departed from you for a while for this
purpose,
that you might receive him forever, 16no longer
as a slave
but more than a slave--a beloved brother,
especially to me
but how much more to you, both in the
flesh and in the Lord.

    17 If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you

would me.  18But if he has wronged you or owes anything,

put that on my account.  19 I, Paul, am writing with my own
hand.  I will repay--not to mention to you that you owe
me
even your own self besides.  20Yes, brother, let me have

joy from you in the Lord:  refresh my heart in the Lord.

    21 I write, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 
22M
eanwhile, prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that

through your prayers I shall be granted to you.

    23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ, greets you,

24as do Mark, Demas, and Luke, my fellow laborers.

    25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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