[Linux4christians] B7 - Wednesday - Philemon 1:8-11
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Tue Apr 10 22:07:52 EDT 2012
Paul's Request for Onesimus
1:8 So, although I have quite a lot of confidence in Christ and could
command you to do what is proper,
1:9 I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love -- I, Paul, an old
man and even now a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus --
1:10 I am appealing to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I
have become during my imprisonment, that is, Onesimus,
1:11 who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you and me.
Lord, You hold all of the ultimate power in all of Your creation, yet
You have chosen to delegate and to invite rather than command and
control. May I respond from my freedom with the love-based obedience You
so richly deserve.
Summary & Commentary
Paul reminded Philemon that he had the authority from the Lord God,
through Christ, to make demands upon him.
He chose, as has the Lord, to appeal to him - based on love -- to chose
Paul explained that he had mentored Onesimus to salvation and through
discipleship and now held him in high-esteem.
He observed that the relationship between Philemon and Onesimus, prior
to Paul's involvement, had been an unproductive one -- but that had all
The role-model of Jesus and of Paul was to teach and demonstrate
How might your fellowship instill a stronger sense of love, rather than
of obedience and/or ritual, into the membership -- so that their service
to others is both joy-filled and sacrificial?
When people make decisions based on the love-perspective they have
learned from the Lord God they mature and become positive role-models
When have you observed a leader who mentored a troubled person to
maturity and value in the Lord's service?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone you may encourage and
perhaps mentor to greater maturity in their walk with the Lord God.
Today I will prayerfully accept the challenge from the Holy Spirit. It
may be a spouse, a friend, a son or daughter, a co-worker or someone
within a ministry in which I serve. I will invest in prayer, teaching,
and right modeling of love-driven service to others.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Thursday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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