Let’s find the good! Philemon This is an intense but brief personal letter from Paul while in prison in Rome, to a dear friend, Philemon, whom Paul led to Christ many years earlier while establishing the church in Colossae. Paul is going to ask, not command, Philemon forgive and restore someone who had been close to him and who had betrayed him. The betrayal of someone close is the deepest pain. Our greatest joys are rich, trust-based personal relationship. Our greatest hurts come from betrayals made within such relationships. We see both types of relationships within this letter. Paul starts out first with a personal greeting including the following;
Insperity recently sponsored the Houston Sports Awards. I didn't make it into the Houston sports hall of fame but I did get interviewed as a sponsor. :) Let’s get personal Philemon Philemon is a personal letter from the apostle Paul written toward the end of his life while in prison in Rome. It was delivered, by a co-worker of Paul, Tychicus, to the city of Colossae, along with the book of Colossians. Philemon was a prominent member of the church Paul had established in Colossae. Colossians was written to the church and is filled with rich and deep doctrinal truth. Philemon was an open letter written to an individual about a personal issue. From a quick reading of Philemon, the themes appear to be the amazing life-transformation power of the saving grace of salvation and consequently, how salvation effects personal restoration and forgiveness. Should a sinner who has personally wronged someone, get a free pass of forgiveness because they became a Christian??? Philemon also gives insight into the early church's relationship with slavery. Hmmm, this should be interesting to explore deeper.
Daddy-daughter date! Richard and Jaycie Downing Forgiveness Philemon Open your Bible and without looking at the table of contents, find the book of Philemon. Go ahead, I'll wait. :) I must admit, it took me a few minutes. Who chooses Philemon for their devotions? I don't think I've ever heard a sermon on Philemon, have you??? Once you find it, read it. It only takes about 5 minutes. Why is this book in the Bible? When I first read it, I'm not sure I can answer that question with total confidence. But that's why I'm compelled to explore it and discover the divine principles that are here. Allow me to take a little detour that reveals my geekiness as a Bible student:
The Heart Proverbs 4 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life, verses 20-23 This proverb is Solomon reciting the instructions given him by his Father, David. I'm drawn to the passage referring to the heart. I read that in the Hebrew language, the term heart goes beyond a reference to the emotions. The heart is the center of thinking and reason, emotions and will. That’s pretty much the total package. The whole inner being. Solomon is calling us to dance the Texas two-step: