Go Back To Go Forward
"I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart." (Philemon 12)
All of our relationships have context and history, and we need to remember that this matters. Paul reminds Philemon that Onesimus ("him" in this text) is a person of intrinsic value. He matters to Paul, just as he matters to God, and therefore he should matter to Philemon. Indeed, every person is important to God. God's entire plan was forged to bring broken people back into a relationship with himself, and Jesus is the proof of how far God as willing to go. And we should be willing to do the same. This means we too should go back, address our brokenness, and move forward—with our very heart.
DO THIS: Be reconciled to a person from your past or present.
PRAY THIS: God, it's hard to go back and reconcile. Please help me to follow your example.
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