Philemon was a Christian who owned slaves. How does Paul persuade him to free Onesimus? How does someone refresh the hearts of the saints?
Paul has a great deal of love for his brothers and sisters.
You can see the love in both his words and his actions.
He sends Onesimus back to Philemon, because he loves Philemon and wants to give opportunity for willing goodness.
“… But I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.”
This is the other-centered upside-down heart-willing gospel.
It is not to do with outer appearance, with how well we can hide our fears or crush our foes.
This is love in action!
May we be as loving as Paul shows us here.
And more, as with Paul, may our love be founded in the love God first showed us.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour we have!
* God Above,
You have given to us all good things. You have showed us Your love so greatly in Your Son Jesus, and in sending Your Spirit as a guide and companion through this life.
Please help us to love as You have loved Lord God.