15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever—
Philemon was Paul’s friend and the legal owner of the slave called Onesimus. Paul asked Philemon not to punish Onesimus, but to forgive and restore him as a new Christian brother. A lot has happened since Onesimus ran away from his master, including his new found faith and spiritual growth, to the point of being called by Paul “faithful and dear brother” (Colossians 4:9).
As difficult as it was, Onesimus was to go back to his old life, but as a new person. Paul asks that Philemon receives him back as a brother rather than a slave. One can imagine just how strange and difficult their new relationship would be but it was now founded in Christ and not in social and cultural traditions
It also reminds us that Onesimus still had to face the consequences of his past that needed to be resolved. Are there unresolved things in your past that need restoration/resolution? Don’t keep on running away but face it with God by your side.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for someone you may know who is in need of physical healing.