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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
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
transforms our relationships
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.
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. 22Meanwhile, 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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