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!
Thanksgiving and Prayer
4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
Tact | Becky Newman
Paul passes on this encouragement to Philemon and his family that shows: (1) Paul is praying for him and (2) Paul is thankful for him, or thinks of him favorably. We all know difficult people who are hard to love, but that’s the opposite of how Paul is starting this letter. It is not stern or judgy but gentle, from a heart of brotherly love, loving like Jesus loves us.
Paul shows good tact in approaching a difficult subject. I have much to learn from him. I most often do not serve my difficult subject matter with a spoonful of sugar, and I justify it to myself as honesty. But Paul is not being dishonest here in Philemon 4. He is truly thankful for Philemon and the work he’s doing for Jesus. DING-DING – and I finally after a day of dwelling here got what You intended me to out of this. There’s someone who I’m very thankful for his work for the Kingdom, and I pray for him and his ministry regularly, but we are in conflict over a few things that make it difficult to work together. And this week, we are having to work together more closely. You want me to be more like Paul this week in tact, not dishonest, but honest sugar on top.
Lord, help me obey Your direction today and in the next few days. What’s most important is that You be glorified in this work. Give me the words to have Paul’s tact in my emails, texts, and conversations.
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