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Philemon - Lessons in forgiveness

“Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved brother and fellow worker, and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints; and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel; but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will. For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me. But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well). Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say. At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬-‭25‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬



“I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬-‭11‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account;”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel; but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬-‭14‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭15‬-‭16‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me. But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬-‭19‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬



“The greeting is in my own hand—Paul.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16‬:‭21‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭11‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. But since he did not have the means to repay, his Lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ And the Lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their Lord all that had happened. Then summoning him, his Lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ And his Lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭21‬-‭35‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬-‭21‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭22‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭23‬-‭24‬ ‭NASB1995


“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭25‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭21‬-‭22‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭23‬-‭24‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭26‬-‭27‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.””

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.”

‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬-‭21‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” ’ So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭17‬-‭21‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever.”

Psalms‬ ‭133‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

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