V 20 Yes, brother let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord
Have we ever thought that perhaps our actions can bring others joy? Or are we too wrapped up in our own situations to notice the negative or positive effect we could have on those around us? I’d say that it’s mostly the latter; we are generally speaking too caught up in our own drama. Yet, here Paul is telling Philemon that his forgiving Onesimus would have great consequences on those around him. For one, it would make Paul, a prisoner in chains, joyful; he cared for both Onesimus and Philemon and wanted them reconciled. Secondly, his forgiveness would keep the unity in the church at Colosse. I imagine that there were people who took sides in this issue; some who supported Onesimus and some who supported Philemon. The only real way out of this decisive situation is Philemon’s forgiveness. What a decision he had to make?