i never heard of Philemon. i didn’t even know it was a book in the Bible until i was deciding what book to read next. for some reason, Philemon was sticking out to me. all 25 sentences were calling my name.
so what happened? Philemon was one of Pauls converts. He livedin Colosse and had a strong faith. Paul, who was in jail for preaching the Good News, noticed Philemons faith. Philemon had a slave named Onesimus. Onesium, whose name means “useful”, started to steal from Philemon, which by Romans law, he could get killed for. After stealing, he ran away to Rome. He was going to start a new life and felt like he wouldn’t get caught with all the people in Rome. God willing, Onesimus and Paul ran into eachother in Rome and Onesiumus turned his life around, started to live for Christ, and become a brother in Christ. Paul witnessed this and adored his heart. Paul shared how “useless” Onesiumus started to be to Philemon, but how he can be used now, because he has God. (get it? cause Onesiumus means useless. Paul has a sense of humor haha) Paul wrote a letter to Philemon, asking him to take Onesiumus back, and show Gods love through his actions. Paul told Philemon, that whatever Onesiumus owed him, to charge it to Paul. So why in the world am i sharing this story with you?
“I appeal you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.” Philemon 1:10-12
How many times has someone turned against you? How many times have you put barriers between you and someone else? How many grudges have you held? How angry has someone made you? — Gods love is what breaks those barriers and anger. Know that God loves them and so should you. God forgives them, and so should you. Show others the type of LOVE that God has for you. This is what God’s saving love brings us to do – to break down the barriers of hatred and difference that we people create.
Be kind. Be loving. Be Christ-like.
Be like Philemon.
It is never about Jesus if it’s always about us.
I pray that The Lord may speak to you through me, I can only hope I can help you in your relationship with Christ.