Philemon 1:8-11

8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9 yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— 10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,[b] who became my son while I was in chains. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

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One response to “Philemon 1:8-11

  1. Paul realizes his position and authority in the church, and his position as an old man in jail. He humbly appeals in love, as a fellow brother, and does not leverage his authority in the faith. He wants Philemon to be moved by love and compassion, and not by power and might. Paul is allowing the Spirit of God to work change, and not just forcing a result to achieve a goal and display his ability.

    In this I see humility and Paul wanting to teach and change in love, because he truly cares for others.

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