Philemon 1:7 – Verse of the Day 5/29/13
This verse constitutes the closing lines of Paul’s introductory prayer and thanksgiving. The rest of the letter consists of a request to Philemon that he receive Onesimus and treat him not as a slave but rather as a “dear brother.” Paul assumes that Philemon will hear and listen to his request because of his Christian faith and desire to serve, and so here he thanks God accordingly.
Just as Paul praised and thanked God for the spirit of faithfulness given to Philemon, so we are called to be a source of praise and thanksgiving to others. Spend some time in prayer considering the areas of life in which your faithfulness to God might be a source of encouragement to other Christians. Thank God for the gift of salvation that has enabled you to respond in such a meaningful way!