Cathie Lockwood


Philemon 1:4-22


In verses 4-7 Paul draws attention to Philemon’s love for all the saints. “I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints”(1:5). I noticed he started out with encouragement before he sent out his appeal.
In verses 8-16 Paul gives he appeal to Philemon to receive Onesimus like he would receive Paul as a fellow brother in Christ not as a slave as Onesimus once was to Philemon. Paul says that Philemon’s relationship can no longer be the usual master-slave relationship. “[You have him back] no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother” (1:16).
In verses 17-22 Philemon’s obedience is encouraged. Not only is he to receive Onesimus but he is to put anything he owes to Philemon on Paul’s account. He was also instructed to prepare a guest room for Paul


As God encourages me he also appeals to me to live differently with fellow believers. I am to bring them lovingly into the fold and offer forgiveness.


Lord please help me to have the love and faith spoken of Philemon. Allow me to receive others with love and see them as one who is forgiven and to be obedient to You , the one that calls them a child of God.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Rob Schulze wrote:
Thanks Cathy... amen! I was struck by how Paul re-defines Onesimus' identity-- from a slave to a dear brother in v. 16 - "no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord."

Every believer is first and foremost my dear brother and sister in Christ. How would that change me and the world if our kinship became the primary way we viewed and treated one another?

Fri, June 19, 2015 @ 9:04 AM

2. Jan Ramirez wrote:
Although days have passed since this was first posted...I'm catching up. ; )
No one may see my post, but I can still 'record' something that I hadn't seen before... =)

vs 6: "I pray that you may be ACTIVE in sharing your faith, SO THAT you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."
(my emphasis)

Father, forgive me for keeping you 'in my pocket' sometimes, not always sharing you with others; in doing so, I 'cheat' myself, for I will not gain the "FULL understanding of every good thing" I have in/through your Son. Holy Spirit, please give me the boldness I need to be Jesus to everyone I meet. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Wed, June 24, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

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