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!
13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel.
Choices | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes Paul gave up his own rights and preferences to give Philemon an opportunity for service. By empowering Philemon to demonstrate his maturity and love for his brothers in Christ, Paul asks Philemon to empower Onesimus with the same opportunity. To help someone make the right choice is not to enslave him but to free him.
We make hundreds of choices every day. And every day we are given the chance to make the right choice, the choice God wants us to make. Some choices are easier to know what’s right, but some are harder. I feel when I read my Bible and pray, I know more the choices God wants me to make, and I can help my kids figure out how to learn those right choices on their own.
Dear Father, please help me and my family to make the right choices in our daily lives. Choices that well serve You and not ourselves. Please help me to put You above all else; help me to put anything that is taking me away from You where it belongs under You.
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