from the This Is the New Testament reading plan

Philemon 1:4-22, Leviticus 19:11-18, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Galatians 6:1-2, Galatians 6:10, Colossians 3:9-15

BY She Reads Truth

We’re over halfway through This Is the New Testament, our thematic overview of the New Testament. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll finish our look at the Pauline Epistles and begin the General Epistles. 

What Is Philemon? Paul wrote this short letter to Philemon, a leader of the house church in Colossae, during his first imprisonment in Rome. In it, Paul asks his friend to forgive Onesimus, who was enslaved to Philemon and came to faith after running away and meeting Paul. Paul also asks Philemon to restore Onesimus to his household, demonstrating Christian love by treating him as a brother in Christ.

How Philemon Fits Into the Story: Philemon is Paul’s shortest letter, yet it is considered one of his most heartfelt. It also captures the true heart of the gospel. When we come to God in repentance and faith, He gives us a new status in the family of God. He welcomes us as if we were Jesus, who assumed full responsibility for the debt of our sin. 

Reflection Questions: 
1. What do Paul’s words in today’s reading teach you about forgiveness and reconciliation among believers?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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74 thoughts on "Philemon"

  1. Kristen St. Aubin says:

    I’m not perfect and I know that I never will be on this earth. So I loved reading this section and being reminded that we all fall short, but we are to love each other no matter what. We are to forgive each other because God first forgave us. We can continue to show others kindness and grace because we are shown that every day through God.

  2. Mari V says:

    Happy Birthday Angie!! How wonderful for you to be doing what you love to do on your birthday.

  3. Jennifer Anapol says:

    The passage today reminded me that my main purpose on this planet is to love God and love my neighbor as myself. I pray that the Lord would give me the power and the strength to do this. Lord knows I can’t do it in my own.

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  5. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I’m so happy for you GramsieSue!!

  6. Cindy Hanna says:

    Lots of goodness in today’s reading. How we treat not only our fellow believers but everyone around us is directly related to our capacity for loving. Being compassionate to the lovely and the unlovely without partiality.

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  8. Maura says:

    Happy Birthday sweet Angie! May God fill it with immense joy. So thankful for what a gift you are to so many, including us here. May God answer your prayer this morning, I will be praying for all of you sweet Sister Teachers that you feel Jesus right beside you as you teach and love even the very difficult ones He trusts you with this year.

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