Philemon, it seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever. HE IS NO LONGER LIKE A SLAVE TO YOU. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother.
[Philemon], I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I BECAME HIS FATHER… in the faith while here in prison. Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart. I WANTED TO KEEP HIM here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf.
-Philemon 1:10-13 NLT
Instruct the wise and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
-Proverbs 9:9 NLT
I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith.
-Philemon 1:4-6 NLT