Philemon 1:9-10 NIV 2011
Yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus—that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.
Commentators give background for Paul’s letter to Philemon, a believer and slave owner. Onesimus was Philemon’s slave. After stealing from his master, he fled. Philemon 1:18, “If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.” Onesimus met Paul who told him about Jesus Christ. Upon learning of salvation through faith in Jesus he became a Christian. Onesimus’ conversion drew him to return and face his former master. Paul wrote asking Philemon to look upon Onesimus as fellow saved sinner through God’s grace. God’s grace is greater than all man’s sins.
Even in chains, Paul was still fighting for those that needed his help. I come to this small book toward the end of the New Testament as a daily reminder, what am I doing for those in need? As a young mother it was imperative that we attended Sunday school and church. As a grandmother my grandchildren know I’m praying for them. Reaching the least, the lost and the lonely continues to be at the forefront of my mind. There is no sin too dastardly our God will not forgive.
How does God’s grace change believer’s lives?
Saved by grace,