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Paul’s Prayer For Philemon

Today we continue our look at Paul’s letter to Philemon.  As we found out last week, Paul is writing this letter to Philemon because he has someone he will be sending back to him.  Philemon is an old friend and brother of Paul’s.  He is valuable and he loves him.  Now, he is expecting something big out of Philemon.  He is asking him to go against what the world would expect him to do and values.  Before he gets into that, though, Paul continues extremely personal comments regarding his relationship with Philemon.

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints.  Paul is thankful for Philemon.  Philemon is not just someone who Paul led to the Lord and then forgot about when he moved on.  No, he has kept tabs on him throughout the years.  He prays for Philemon often.  Paul thanks the Lord because Philemon demonstrates the love that flows out of truly being transformed into a new creature by Christ.  Philemon loves those who have come to know Christ.

Paul is also thankful because of Philemon’s faith.  He is hearing about this from others.  This doesn’t sound like a big deal in our modern day world of social media, texting and cell phones, but think about this in Paul’s context.  The only way for him to hear about this is by letter or personal contact.  Both take time in Paul’s day.  Philemon’s faith in Christ is at such a level that other’s write to Paul or travel  to see him and tell him about it.

And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  One specific thing that Paul prays for Philemon is for the results of his sharing of the faith.  Philemon, evidently, is  not ashamed of the Gospel.  He is willing to risk his life and standing to tell others about Christ.  Paul prays that Philemon’s efforts will be effective and result in the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of the Gospel.  In other words, he hopes that Philemon’s sharing results in others coming to know Christ.  How often do we pray that others will share their faith effectively?

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.  It must have been stressful when Paul left some churches and areas.  He left leaving those churches under the direction of someone other than himself.  Based on some of his letters, he might have been right in being stressed.  When he heard about what was going on in Philemon’s home church, he didn’t feel any anxiety.  Instead, he found joy and comfort.  Why?  Because of Philemon’s love.  Philemon loved the church.  He loved them so much that he had an effect on their lived.  They were refreshed by him.  We have all probably been affected similarly in our own churches.  A great question to ask ourselves is if we are affecting others in this way.

Philemon, we find is a man who has a great faith in Christ and loves others, especially the Church.  He shares his faith consistently and brings joy to Paul because of the results of his life.  He is definitely a man who produced a great testimony by the life he lived.

What are out takeaways?

1.  We are going to affect others we come in contact with one way or another.  It will either be positive for the Lord or it will be negative.  We should work on making it positive.

2.  Sharing our faith should be a natural part of our lives.  One of the prayers we pray is for others in their sharing of their faith.

3.  We should seek to live a life that refreshes those around us.  We are going to either refresh or drain those we come into contact with.  It’s much more fun to refresh.

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  1. December 30, 2014 at 1:02 am

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