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‘Rifts Or Bridges?’ (Philemon) by @Sholape1 #LAFruits Devotional

READING: Psalm 87 and Philemon

@thelafamily June 2

Rifts Or Bridges?

TEXT: I appeal to you for my [own spiritual] child, Onesimus [meaning profitable], whom I have begotten [in the faith] while a captive in these chains. Philemon 1:10 (Amplified).

Abigail is one female of the bible with a rather enviable skill. Her intervention in the battle that could have ensued between David and Nabal is highly instructional for us – Nabal was a “mean and bad-tempered man” (1 Samuel 25:3, Good news) Unfortunately, Abigail, beautiful and of character, was trapped in a union with this surly man, one would expect that Abigail would rejoice at any opportunity to be rid of this man.

How many times have we been in such situations to slander and hand our ‘enemy’ over and gain from a continued battle!

In today’s reading, we see Paul urging Philemon to be gracious, forgive Onesimus and end a bitterness that was apparently present from Onesimus’ escape (vs. 18). Paul shows us that when the need arises we should be concerned with settling rifts and not deepening them, even when we could possibly gain from the rifts. This does not mean we condone bad behaviour, it is teaching us that our sanctified lives have received grace to be gracious to others and show that we are indeed His children as we seek peace (Matthew 5:7, 9 Goodnews).

This same challenge of maintaining a gracious attitude when offended continues in us – What do you do with your position of influence? Do you build bridges or expand chasms?

LEARN and APPLY: Affirm this faithful saying, There is always something else I can do to make things better. Whatever good I presently do, I must do more. I should not limit myself; instead I should do more so that my ‘good’ can become ‘better’. I have the ability and I am equipped for more. (Philemon 10:21)

Pray: Faithful Father, just as I have received grace from You, help me to be gracious to others and be an agent of peace where there is hostility in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Written by Olushola Aromona (@Sholape1) of @thelafamily