Read Philemon (

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?



Read Philemon v15-16 here:

Dirty. Bully. Stupid. Nobody.

What are the words we use to describe others? We define them by what they look like or what they have done.
If God described us, what would He say?

Truthfully, there is probably little good to say and yet He calls us forgiven, loved, His friend. If we have received Jesus in our lives, we should also see people in the same way. They are defined by Christ’s love, rather than their sin. Onesimus goes from being seen as a slave to being seen as a brother.

How would the way you see and treat people change if you saw things this way?



Read Philemon here:

What difference has Jesus made to your life?
Does He change the way you live?

If we have been forgiven, then surely our lives should be different. Onesimus who was a useless slave who ran away, is suddenly described as useful and like a son to Paul. High Praise. If Jesus lives in us, it should change the way we react, it should change the way we live. We should want to serve and help others, rather than simply do it out of duty.



We often want to know how often we have to forgive, surely there is a limit for somebody who keeps on hurting you.

Check out Matthew 18:21-35 (, the story leaves little to the imagination.

How much has God forgiven you?? Then go and do the same, how can you do anything different. If God has forgiven us so much, how can we hold a grudge for such a minor thing. God calls us to love those who have hurt us, to forgive and never give up on them. And He does not just say it, He does it every day!