Be Consistent

5″Because l keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people.
6 And l am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ”.

Paul wrote this letter at the same time that he wrote Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians.
It is addressed to Philemon, a believer with a great witness, on behalf of Onesimus, his runaway slave.
Onesimus had contacted Paul in prison after running away from Philemon, his master, and had become a Christian.
As was the custom, runaway slaves were punished harshly when found or returned to their masters. But Onesimus, was now being returned as a fellow believer to Philemon, now also a believer and a brother.

Paul was expecting that Philemon would act in accordance to his good reputation and Christian duty of love, forgiveness and acceptance with greater joy now that Onesimus was a brother and fellow believer!

Paul knew that Philemon was likely to be hurt by what Onesimus had done, and that the only way to free himself from any such hurt and bitterness was to forgive him and accept him without any hard feelings. Paul was asking him to treat Onesimus right as is expected of a believer. Again, Paul was asking Philemon to bring to mind that his reputation as a Christian was at stake, depending on how he dealt with the issue of Onesimus’ return to his house.
Philemon was reputed to be a Christian with great faith, and love for all believers. Now that his runaway slave had become a believer, Paul didn’t expect Philemon to suddenly revise his christian conduct, convictions and reputation on account of his previous relationship with Philemon as a master with his “slave”. He expected him to treat and accord the same courtesies to Onesimus as he did with other believers. Indeed, Paul was expecting Philemon to have fellowship with Onesimus.

Paul made his expectations clear. If you treat fellow believers well, then now that your slave has become a believer too, do likewise to him. Do not discriminate in this!

How many times are we ready to lay our christian principles and conduct aside on account of how a particular person has wronged us? It often happens that generally, we are very loving, very forgiving. But there comes a time when in spite of our good nature and commitment to being faithful disciples of Christ, we refuse to forgive or show love because we feel offended by what those often close to us has done to us or treated us. Most of the time, it’s what they refused to do for us or neglected to treat us as we expected of them. Like a spouse, a child, a close friend. These are often the ones we have loved most, trusted, and never expected them to wrong or hurt us, more especially because of all the love and kindness we have shown to them. And instead of showing them greater love and forgiveness, we become embittered, refuse to forgive, and act towards them in a conciliatory manner.
This is true of husbands and wives, and vice versa. Parents and children etc. It comes about as a result of great disappointment.

Did your spouse speak or act unkindly towards you? Did your child make an angry outburst at you that has left you devastated, exposed, grieved? Did your best friend betray your trust? Let it go! You’re a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Forgiveness is as often as needed, even above seventy seven times “squared” in each given day! Like Paul wrote to Philemon, ” l am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith . . .”(Philemon 6). In other words, be consistent!

And if you do not forgive others their trespasses, your Father in heaven will not forgive yours (Matt 6:15).
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


2 thoughts on “Be Consistent

  1. Amen!! Amen!! This is so true. I have personally has been there done that. Before I was saved, and gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ. I was one that was strongly bitter, and with anger for what others had done and spoken about me. I know I had hurt others as well in my own past. When Jesus Christ Saved me it was His Words that I would be fed to by Him about what you have shared here in this story about these two men. We as Christian, and specially leaders, we must let it all go, and allow Jesus Christ to heal all the pain, hurt, etc. We have to be willing to let it go. Because we as Belivers will always be slalenderd, hated, etc. upon because of us being followers of Christ. I personally have been tested in many ways from people from my past. I must forgive them, and love themnot their sins. Just as Jesus Christ has forgiven me and loves me, not my sins. For I was once an enemy to Christ. I could go on and on. My life is a living, testimony today. We must forgive and love those who has hurt us. Not just love those who loves us back, even if the one’s that may not forgive us, nor love us back. God Bless you for sharing this. \0/\0/ Jesus Christ is a Healer. If we would just believe, trust, and obey. ((Hugs)) Agape!! 🙂

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