Philemon 1:12-16

12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 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.

One response to “Philemon 1:12-16

  1. This whole teaching does not address slavery, but the duty of Christians and brothers to each other. Paul gently reminds Philemon that he has a duty to Paul, who is in chains for the gospel. He also reminds him that he has authority to force the issue, but that he is counting on God’s good graces in Philemon’s heart to move him toward a choice of love and compassion.

    Philemon should not look on Onesimus as a possession, but as a felllow brother who can shoulder the weight of their duty to Christ.

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