Philemon For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever
God will always order our lives and the events that shape it in ways that will benefit us. He will always work in our lives to change us, to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Many or I guess most, of those events aren’t fun, and may even require us to move out of our comfort zone. To do something that we would find hard or something that our flesh would rather not do. I’m sure that Philemon never thought he would be called upon by God to forgive someone who had hurt him, yet, here he has to do just that. Yet, in the end Philemon will become more like Christ than he was before.