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February 20, 2013 - Short and Sweet

By Doug Clay

Of the 13 letters the apostle Paul wrote, Philemon is the shortest — only 25 verses! But don't let its length fool you; though small, it's big with truth.

Philemon was a friend of Paul's who helped start the Colossian church in his own home. After Paul left, one of Philemon's slaves, Onesimus, ran away.

Philemon had every legal right to punish Onesimus for running away.

Interestingly, Paul and Onesimus connected while Paul was in prison, and Paul led the young man to the Lord. So now, Onesimus is not just a runaway slave; he's a brother in Christ to his master!

Paul writes a letter not protesting slavery, but instead seizing the opportunity to teach on how we are to relate to each other in Christ.

This postcard from Paul contains some great counsel on how to use grace and forgiveness in problem solving. And when your problems are with people, here are some great reminders:

1. Lead with prayer, not your emotions. It's hard to be objective when you're all worked up.

2. If it bugs you, take the initiative to resolve it. Not everything goes away by ignoring it.

3. Admit you are struggling with an issue. Don't say it is the other person's problem.

4. Listen attentively. Let the other person speak from their perspective without interruption.

5. Stay on topic. Keep focused on the unresolved issue. Don't bring up past situations that are not pertinent to the situation.

6. Make resolution your top priority. The desire to prove a point or to be "right" doesn't always lead to resolution. Compromise on opinions — not on truth.

7. When done, let it be done!

One commentary on the Book of Philemon said: "We all enter God's Kingdom by grace. Not by any merit of our own, not by any 'specialness' that's better than others. We come by God's love alone. A love that is deep and wide and long and tall enough to encompass everybody. If we've received such a bounty from His open arms, how can we not open our arms to others?"

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.




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