You really see a glimpse of who the apostle Paul is here in Philemon. This is personal! It’s a personal letter to his buddy Philemon, who is kind of like a nephew and co-worker with him for the cause of Jesus. Here in this passage, Onesimus, who was Philemon’s slave, has broken off the relationship with Philemon.
Then Philemon receives this “letter”. Paul is stating two things: 1) Onesimus has become a believer in Jesus, and 2) Paul is asking Philemon to restore his relationship or to reconcile his connection to the man he is probably bitter against.
Here’s a great truth, there is no one worthy of being written off in this world when it comes to the love of Jesus. Paul recognized it and the grace of Jesus has brought Onesimus into the family of believers.
Philemon 1:8-10 (NLT) 8 That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do, 9 but because of our love, I prefer just to ask you. So take this as a request from your friend Paul, an old man, now in prison for the sake of Christ Jesus. 10 My plea is that you show kindness to Onesimus. I think of him as my own son because he became a believer as a result of my ministry here in prison.
Is there someone you could forgive today? Or are there two people who you could help to reconcile their differences? Put that faith in action!!