To subscribe, simply provide us with your email address. About Blog Find your joy in God with sermons, books, podcasts, video, and daily articles from the ministry of John Piper. If Paul was in touch with his own thoughts and feelings when he wrote to Philemon, he could state his case without deploying manipulative or subversive tactics.
As I left the mini-mart, I held the door for the woman behind me. But studying the Bible is important to helps us know God more, and to equip us with His power, perspective and peace.
Now Paul was sending the slave back to his master, urging Philemon to receive Onesimus, not as mere property, but as a brother. Both possibilities and a variety of others enter a marital relationship. Sometimes, like goats poised for battle on a mountain trail, we come close to butting heads. Sometimes we sit together and lovingly hash things out.
Instead of butting heads with Philemon, Paul extended a hand of love. What is helpful and healthy in good relationships is honesty.
In a surprise twist, however, one goat suddenly collapsed onto the narrow ledge so the other goat could walk over its back. The same principle is evident in Paul’s words to Philemon.
Philemon’s slave Onesimus had run away, met Paul in Rome and become a Christian.As she passed in front of me, we recognized each other. Earlier, I had pulled up to the gas pump, paid the cashier in cash and then !! In a flash, I was out the door and on my way back to the gas station. I prayed the whole way there, “Please Lord, let the same cashier still be working. ” I screeched into the parking lot on two wheels , ran inside, and blurted out, “Do you remember me? ” I thanked her profusely and breathed a big sigh of relief. In that moment, the Lord spoke to my heart as if to say, “My sweet daughter, so many times you pull up a chair to spend time with me and fill up your soul on my daily bread, only to be distracted and leave empty. ” Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Let’s Pray Dear Lord, Who am I that You are mindful of me? Write down the verses that move your heart the most today. More from the Girlfriends Did you ever start a Bible Study and not finish? Don’t let the unfinished studies in your desk keep you from going after what you truly know your heart and soul needs.