PHILEMON: A LETTER BORN IN CONFLICT
Paul, a prominent author in the New Testament found himself in quite the predicament. He has led Philemon, a wealthy land owner and now Pastor of the assembly in Colossae into a relationship with Jesus. But Philemon also has a runaway slave named Onesimus, who made his way from Colossae to Rome and also got born again through Paul.
Paul, wanting to further inject health into God’s family, realizes that although Onesimus is massively helpful to him while he’s on house-arrest in Rome, he has to send him back to reconcile with Philemon.
The entire letter of Philemon is Paul’s appeal to Philemon that he would receive this once useless slave Onesimus back, but no longer as a slave, now as a beloved brother, and fellow member of God’s family.
I believe that this letter will encourage you, as well as equip you with the tools needed to go straight ahead into conflict in a way that honors God, yourself, and others. To go along with this series, I have written a 36 Day Devotional that will help you further spiral into the text to understand what God was saying through this little New Testament letter.