Sunday, June 11, 2023

June 11, 2023

Philemon had a servant named Onesimus that escaped. While on the loose, he became a fellow believer under Paul’s guidance. Paul sent Onesimus back to Philemon but also sent a letter pleading with him to forgive him and treat him as a brother in Christ. The Bible doesn’t expand on what happened to Onesimus, but writings outside of the Bible say that he became a bishop in Ephesus and was tortured and beaten to death for spreading the gospel. 

Jesus has forgiven us so much; many times, we sin unintentionally; nonetheless, it’s still a sin. That’s why we must ask forgiveness daily, sometimes more than once a day. Jesus sets the example of how we should live and expects us to replicate his actions. When someone sins against you, for the sake of your heart, you must forgive them, even if they don’t seek your forgiveness. You do not have to involve yourself with them ever again; the Bible doesn’t say we have to be their buddy or friend; it only tells us to forgive and move on without the bondage of an offense. 

So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. Philemon 1:18

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