Did you know that Philemon is a book of the Bible?
It’s a letter the apostle Paul wrote to Philemon while he was imprisoned in Rome.
Who was Philemon? He was a Christian who lived in Colossae.
Do you know who took that letter to Philemon from Rome to Colossae? In ancient times there was no postal service or email.
So Paul asked his friends who traveled to take those letters to their destination. One of those friends was named Tychicus and the other was Onesimus.
Why did Paul write that letter to Philemon? He wrote it to help Onesimus.
And who was Onesimus? He was Philemon’s slave who had run away to Rome. There he met Paul and became a Christian.
What does the letter to Philemon say* Paul asks Philemon to forgive Onesimus for having run away, because they are now both Christians.
To Jesus there are no masters or slaves; it doesn’t matter what your race is, or if you are a man or a woman … we are all equal.
What do you think about Paul‘s letter?
It’s actually a letter about forgiveness both on the part of Onesimus, who decides to return to Philemon, and on the part of Philemon, who has to forgive Onesimus for having run away from his home (you can read about it in Philemon 1:1-25).
Jesus is able to change people’s hearts, don’t you think?
In your Prayer Journal, write a note to a friend or family member asking them to forgive you for something you need to improve on.
Then copy it on a piece of paper and give it to them.