FORGIVE - KEEP - CUT
PHILEMON FUN FACTS
- Philemon is the shortest of Paul’s letters.
- O is a runaway slave who has fled his master, Philemon.
- If O is caught, he may be executed.
- O becomes a Christian thanks to Paul.
- Phil is the pastor of a church that meets in Phil’s house.
OPTION 1: RUN
OPTION 2: MAKE IT RIGHT
Philemon, it seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever. HE IS NO LONGER LIKE A SLAVE TO YOU. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother.
UNFORGIVENESS DOES NOT TURN THEM INTO A SLAVE.
IT TURNS YOU INTO A SLAVE.
[Philemon], I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I BECAME HIS FATHER… in the faith while here in prison. Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart. I WANTED TO KEEP HIM here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf.
-Philemon 1:10-13 NLT
WE ALL NEED PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KEEP US.
Instruct the wise and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
-Proverbs 9:9 NLT
CHOOSE WISELY IN WHOM YOU INVEST.
I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith.
-Philemon 1:4-6 NLT