How would you treat somebody who had spat in your face and turned away from your kindness? I don’t think you would be too happy to see them.
Yet Paul asks Philemon to welcome his runaway slave as a brother in Christ. Wow, that sounds hard. Could you welcome somebody who had hurt you that badly? Yet Paul expects Philemon to do so and is confident he will do even more than that.
Because that is the power of Jesus’ forgiveness in our lives. It changes how we act and treat others. Can you follow this example today?