Full Court Press
If you're a basketball fan, or familiar with the sport at all, you're likely familiar with the term "full court press," a phrase describing how the team who is not in possession of the ball applies defensive pressure on the opposing team from the moment they take possession of the ball until possession changes, either through a turnover or a score. "Full court press" is the phrase that popped into my mind as I considered Paul' s letter to Philemon. While the situation is not a game environment, Paul is applying steady and constant pressure to Philemon to do what Paul believes is the correct thing with regard to Onesimus. He draws on his relationship with Philemon, personally and as fellow believers, to persuasively and lovingly prompt him in the action he needs to take.
What's one lesson about dealing with conflict or a challenging situation that you learned or noticed from Paul’s petition to Philemon? How important is our tone when we engage in difficult interactions? What about our demeanor when we're talking with someone face-to-face? Tami
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