In the concluding message of our study of the letter to Philemon, we were challenged to look at our neighbours with a new set of eyes, to be aware of and speak up for the powerless and the vulnerable, and to love others deeply just as we have been loved by God.
Message by Josh Mutter – June 30, 2019
STANDING IN THE GAP
Philemon 1:15-21 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord. So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
OBSERVATIONS ABOUT RECONCILIATION
1. Reconciliation can look like speaking up for the powerless and the vulnerable
2. Reconciliation requires that we get personally involved
Philemon 1:21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
1. Where in our world is the healing and restorative grace of God needed?
2. How can we stand in the gap, being peacemakers in the name of Jesus?