February 17 – Philemon 17

In January, we read through Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and this month we are reading Paul’s letter addressed to a specific believer in the Colossian church — Philemon– written at about the same time. Paul’s intent with this letter was to restore a broken relationship through the transforming power of the love of Christ. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Philemon 17

17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

SOAP Note

Just For Me | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Philemon 17

Observation

I can imagine Jesus saying this very thing to me about someone I’m having trouble getting along with. “Marianne, if you really care about Me like you say you do, treat this person with the love and respect you’d show to Me.” Ouch! My conviction bone…

Application

So there really isn’t anyone right now that I’m struggling with – but I’m human so it’s bound to happen at some point. Anger is my knee-jerk reaction, but grace is my word this year. Jesus is showing me the person I could be. The person he wants me to be. There are 26 books in the Bible reminding me how Jesus lived and and that I’m to follow his example. I really have no excuse! And it is true: if I love Jesus like I say I do, I should be following one of his most important commandments – to love others as I love myself. Love, not anger. Grace, not wrath.

Prayer

Help me to do it, God! I’ve had a lot of practice reacting in my emotions. It’s a difficult habit to break! But You’re right, I need to show my fellow man the love You’ve shown me. Give me pause. Help me see things Your way before I react so I can actually follow this advice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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