Today’s passage: Philemon 17-22
- The one who formally was a slave was to be counted as equal to the Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul was happy to count himself a slave to Christ.
- Options are presented for reconciliation:
- Paul was willing to pay the price for Philemon’s and Onesimus’ reconciliation. (A picture of Christ’s work on the cross on our behalf)
- Philemon could choose to forgive the debt.
- If Onesimus had the means to repay, he could have done that as well.
- It brings great joy to our hearts when brothers/sisters in Christ are reconciled to each other.
Questions to consider:
- What would be necessary for Philemon and Onesimus to be reconciled? If Onesimus asked for forgiveness but Philemon did not grant it, would they be reconciled? If Philemon told Paul he was willing to reconcile but treated Onesimus poorly, would they be reconciled?
- How does the love of God and Christ’s sacrifice (The gospel!) give us our road map for reconciling our relationships? What has God done for you which equips and motivates you to forgive others?
- How would the way Philemon and Onesimus handle their relationship have affected the health of the Colossian church? What do unresolved conflicts do to the church? How does resolution fuel health and growth?