- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Philemon 1
The book of Philemon is Apostle Paul’s personal letter to Philemon, a Christian lived in Colossae in Phrygia.
While Paul was imprisoned in Rome (9), a runaway slave, Onesimus, came to him and converted to Christian faith, and Onesimus became Paul’s mission work partner. Paul regarded him as his son (10). Paul returned Onesimus to his owner Philemon, also converted to Christian faith by Paul and his house became a house church. Paul appealed Philemon to accept his runaway slave and set him free, and regarded him as a brother in faith (10). Even though Paul had the right to command (v.8), he left the matter to Philemon’s free choice.
Freeing runaway slave was a revolutionary act according to Roman law. But it was possible by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The message from this short book is this, “In Christ there is no slave and free but only brothers and sisters.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.