Paul Writes to Philemon From Prison

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Praise

In this short personal letter to Philemon Paul writes from prison as a friend to a friend (v. 1). Paul is imprisoned in Rome while waiting trial after his appeal to Caesar (Acts 28:16, 30-31). Although several names are mentioned, the main content of the letter is addressed to Philemon, the master of the house who is living at Colossae. His wife is Apphia and his son is Archippus who are together with Epaphras, the founder of the church (v. 2). Paul prays that the Lord will be kind and bless his  friend with peace (v. 3)!

He goes on to tell Philemon, that each time he mentions him in prayer, he thanks God for him and his faith in the  Lord and his love for all of God’s people (vv. 4-5). As he shares his faith with others, he prays that they may come to know all the blessings Christ has given to them (v. 6). Paul  expresses to Philemon how much his love has made him happy and has greatly encouraged him in his walk with the Lord (v. 7). It has also cheered the hearts of God’s people.

Application

Just as Paul reflects on Philemon’s love and kindness to others I should be opening myself and my home to others. As I do this it will bring refreshment to the hearts of God’s people.

Philemon 1:1-7 (English Standard Version)


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