Paul wrote to Philemon to encourage him to forgive his runaway slave Onesimus and to welcome Onesimus back as a brother in the Lord.
Paul was in prison and somehow a runaway slave, Onesimus, had come to Paul. Paul then led Onesimus to faith in Christ. Paul wanted Onesimus to stay with him but he also knew he was a runaway slave. Therefore, he encouraged Onesimus to return to his master, Philemon.
Paul also knew Philemon and that he was a believer in Jesus. He writes this letter to Philemon and sends it along with Onesimus. Paul encourages Philemon to forgive Onesimus and to accept him back as a beloved brother in Jesus.
Paul tells Philemon he is going to come for a visit and he will repay any debts that Onesimus owes Philemon.
Key New Testament Kid’s Application:
- Forgiving someone who has truly wronged us is very hard. Ask your kids how much Jesus had to forgive us for. Then ask them if there is someone they need to forgive. You might tell them a story of someone you forgave even though it was difficult and how Jesus gave you the love to do it.
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