Paul beseeches Philemon to forgive and receive back the runaway slave, Onesimus, as a brother in Christ. He does not command or charge him to forgive. Instead, he begs him to forgive “for love’s sake”. We are reminded that we are just like Onesimus in our nature, unprofitable, rebellious, runaway slaves from our Master. However, God received us back with love for Christ’s sake. When we are reminded of God’s great love for us, we can then forgive others that have wronged us for Christ’s sake, for love’s sake.
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