Today’s Reading | Philemon
What we Ought to Do
Philemon is an excellent book on the issue of forgiveness. Paul gave us so much in this short book that will help us learn to forgive others. One of the areas he covers is our responsibility in forgiveness. First, we must be receptive (10-14). We must be willing to open ourselves up to the one who has offended us. If God has done a work in his heart and he seeks forgiveness, we must be open to it. Second, we must be willing to restore him (15-16). If he is truly repentant, we must be willing to not just forgive him, but bring him back to effective ministry and relationship with us. Third, we must be willing to see that restitution takes place. It may involve being willing to cancel a debt or allow the offender to work off what he owes. We must be willing to allow the wrong to be made right. All of these steps were part of our salvation the moment we trusted Christ. God was open to and desired our restoration to Him. He allowed us to become His children. He sent Jesus to this earth to pay the price for the debt we owed so that we could have all He offered. Are you willing to do the same? This book makes it clear that we need to show the same forgiveness that God showed us.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?