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February 3 – Philemon 3

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 3

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

SOAP Note

Grace &  Peace Again | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Philemon 3

Observation

Grace and peace sound like such beautiful words. When I think of grace and peace, I see an open meadow on a warm, sunny day. People laughing together and animals all around. When I hear those words, I think “I want that!” And Paul recognizes here that these are gifts from God. Gifts! If grace and peace are gifts from God, surely they are wonderful, right?

Application

Grace and peace are nice when you’re the recipient. Putting them into action is another story entirely. How can I possibly show grace to someone questioning my character? How can I expect to feel peace when it feels like I’m in the midst of war? Plain and simple, I can’t. Like Paul said, grace and peace come from God. Not from Marianne. And if I’m leaving God out of my frustrating situations, I can’t expect grace or peace to come out of them. And though I easily keep God around in the good times, I tend to try to handle things on my own in the rough times. Looks like I’ve got a bad habit to break! At least I don’t have to go it alone…

Prayer

My priorities are obviously a bit skewed. Lord, please help me relinquish the control I cling so hard to sometimes, so that the God of grace and peace can handle it rather than the girl of anger, regret, and bad decisions. Help me to learn from past mistakes so I can grow into a more dependent-on-You woman! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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