Philemon 1–3 (ESV)
1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philemon is a story of reconciliation. As a Christian, we want all people to be saved and we should rejoice. Sometimes someone
has done something wrong and in the process... they come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Their sins are forgiven! However... whatever they did wrong still has to be dealt with through the judicial system. If you had stolen
something, killed someone, etc... you still have to deal with the court system even though God forgives you. Carla Faye Tucker had killed someone and became a Christian while on death row in Texas. God forgave her, but she still had to face execution.
The book of Philemon is about a slave that stole something from his master and ran away. He became a Christian and Paul sends him back to face his master, Philemon. It is about reconciliation.
pray: O Lord, help us all to accept responsibility for our own actions and to take ownership of them. Help us to not blame someone else or pass the buck... but to step forward and to lay claim to our actions. I know I have fallen
short and I am a sinner. Forgive me and restore me into your Kingdom. Amen.