Philemon Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house...
Paul treasured people and he valued relationships. We see that throughout Paul's letters and it's especially evident in the tiny Book of Philemon. Paul is petitioning his friend Philemon to receive back with open arms, and without penalty, Onesimus, Philemon's runaway slave who is a changed man because he received Christ after he left Philemon's household. What I see Paul doing throughout this letter is a drawing on his friendship and established relationship with Philemon to repair a strained relationship between two believers and right a not good situation.
So what did you learn from Paul about the importance of friendships with other Christ-followers? What are some of the benefits of having solid relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ?Tami
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