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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!
21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
It’s Time to Act | Marianne Toovey
After Paul has gone on with the flattery and his appeal for Onesimus, he throws in that he’s confident Philemon will not only do as he’s asked, but will go above and beyond. That vote of confidence at the end of the letter is the final boost Philemon needs. Paul has confidence in him and he can’t let Paul down!
As a follower of Christ myself, there are certain expectations on me regarding how I behave. How I act here reflects on God and could either give people a good impression or bad impression of Him. How I should be living my life is all laid out for me in the Bible, and Jesus is counting on me to do the best I can. I can’t do it on my own, I need help, but I can’t do it at all if I don’t try. I don’t want to let Him down!
Jesus, I want to please You. Doing the right thing seems easy enough until I’m caught up in the moment. Help me to make the right choices. In Your name, Amen.
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