Bible Reading: Philemon 17-21

So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

Thought for Reflection: Here is a common Biblical theme that cuts right across our culture: rather than demanding his rights or what is owed to him, God and his followers pay the debt owed by others and meet the needs of those without. The ultimate example is Jesus on the Cross. The Good Samaritan is another that comes to mind. Paul, in encouraging Philemon to accept back Onesimus offers to repay any debt that Onesimus owes him.

Prayer: Father, give me opportunities to display this generous love today (dare you pray that?!)

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