Today’s Bible reading is Philemon
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Is there someone I need to forgive? God will give me the grace to do so. Philemon had an outstanding love for the Lord Jesus and for the saints of God. His love was a blessing to the church, and a cause for joy and thanksgiving to the heart of Paul. Because of their special friendship, Philemon had the privilege of being on Paul’s prayer list. It is a real honor to be on anyone’s prayer list, but especially a great prayer warrior like Paul. It should encourage us today to know that Jesus is praying for us. Paul knew how to pray for Philemon and how to best minister to him. He prayed that Philemon might know every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ. Knowing the spiritual riches and abundant blessings of being made right with God leads to victorious living! Paul’s main reason for writing to Philemon was to restore a broken relationship. Onesimus had wronged Philemon and fled. His wrongful actions severed ties with Philemon but led him into the path of Paul. While in the company of Paul, Onesimus was saved. Paul sent Onesimus back to Philemon so that the two men could be reconciled. Philemon needed God’s grace so that he might forgive the one who had wronged him. Maybe the purpose of Philemon’s hurt was so that Onesimus would be saved. Philemon verse 15 says, “For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him forever.” There may be many painful experiences that God’s people have to endure, but if those experiences further the Gospel then it will have been worth it all. Who knows but what something someone is going through today will lead to salvation.
Prayer: “Dear Jesus, help us to be peacemakers and to reconcile people to God. Help us to promote unity and fellowship among the saints and not tear friendships apart. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron