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February 1 – Philemon 1

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 1

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker—

SOAP Note

Love | DOT Group @ A2

Scripture

Philemon 1

Observation

Relationships are important. Paul still can work from prison and encourage as the others with him encourage him. Paul refers to himself as a prisoner of Jesus rather than a prisoner of Rome. God gives strength to those He has called. Being bound by Jesus gave him strength and freedom.

Application

We desire to have that level of faith like Paul did. What am I a prisoner of that is keeping me from finding freedom as a prisoner of Christ Jesus? In the midst of trials and life, Jesus gives me the strength to keep going and to encourage others.

Prayer

Lord, may we break free from the chains that bind us to anything other than You. May we seek You and none other for strength and freedom.

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