NKJV - 20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
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We read a run-away slave of Philemon, Onesimus who had robbed his master and fled to Rome. In Rome, he became a convert of Paul (Phm. 1:10), who sent him back to Philemon in the Epistle of Philemon. The writing pleaded for forgiveness for Onesimus and restored peace in Philemon. ► Summary of the letter that Paul wrote: Paul wrote that Onesimus departed from you as an unfaithful slave. He left you for a short time, but now since he is converted as a true Christian he would be a faithful slave. You must receive him back, not as a slave, but as a brother in Christ. Love him as a brother for he is dear to you and especially to me (vv. 15-16). Asked the master consider Paul as a friend, receive Onesimus as he would receive Paul. If Onesimus has wronged or if he owes anything, Paul pleaded to put that on to Paul's account. Paul promised to pay the master of Onesimus back. Paul asked to oblige him (vv. 17-19). Paul added that he wanted to have the joy of knowing that Onesimus is forgiven. He had the confidence in him that he would even do more than I say (vv. 20-21). Paul again expressed his faith in Onesimus deliverence from prison and that he promised get to visit the churches again. ► FOUR LESSONS WE LEARNT FROM PAUL THAT REFRESHED HIS HEART IN THE LORD: 1. As per Paul's guideline, we must help those under bondage or slavery must confess his wrongdoing 2. We must follow Paul to use our influence in Christ to bring peace and to save the afflicted from penalty of sin 3. Like Paul, we must be willing to deliver someone out of bondage using our own money, time and efforts 4. Like Paul,we must use every opportunity to do more ministry as done in Philemon
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