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Philemon 1

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I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,

– Philemon 1:10

Philemon is a short, but beautiful letter. Paul was writing to an old friend, on behalf of a new one. A new friend who was a recent convert to the faith, under extenuating circumstances. His new friend (Onesimus) was a runaway slave, who (apparently) had stolen from his master (Philemon) when he left. So there’s a compounding offense against Onesimus, before Philemon. But Paul begs for Philemon’s forgiveness, mercy, and grace.

We don’t know for sure, but I think we can assume that Philemon did as Paul asked. I think that’s the case, not because Paul put the pressure upon him, but because Philemon had been a recipient of God’s forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Therefore, as a Child of the great Forgiver, I think Philemon extended the same grace to Onesimus.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Philemon 1

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But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.

– Philemon 1:18

Paul was a “good samaritan” on behalf of Onesimus. This is nothing else but the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit evident in the once self-righteous and stubborn pharisee.

How has God’s grace and power affected your life?

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Philemon 1

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that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

– Philemon 1:6

Paul’s prayer for Philemon was that He would be come an effective witness of his faith. But is prayer is also instructive. How do we become effective witnesses of our faith? One of the ways is that we acknowledge and share the good things we have received because of Christ Jesus.

You may ask, “What are those good things?” A good place to start to get to know them is in Ephesians 1:1-14.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon