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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!
9 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—
Basis of Love | Kathy Page
Paul had not yet asked Philemon to forgive Onesimus, but he is stating the basis for the request. Paul states that because of the authority he has been given from Jesus, as an Apostle, he could order Philemon to do what he is about to request. However, he does not want to make his request an order, and appeals to him to grant this request for the sake of the love of Jesus that they share. He is reminding Philemon of his forgiveness through Jesus.
Christian relationships must exude grace, forgiveness, and acceptance. This is all part of the love of Christ. Embracing this love is personal and real. Jesus’ love experienced will be Jesus’ love expressed. It changes how we see people; it changes what we want for people, and it changes how we speak to people. Even if we have been betrayed or offended. No one is ever out of the reach of Jesus’ love.
Father, help me to always look to You for the grace to show others what You have shown me – forgiveness, acceptance, and love. In Jesus’ Name.
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