So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask. – Philemon 17-21
I love how you led Paul to speak up for Onesimus. I bet Onesimus was deeply grateful that Paul stuck his neck out for him. Give me the umph to speak up for people in my life who need me to help them resolve problems with others. I want your help fighting the desire to isolate myself in the more mundane things in life. And when you do lead me to get involved, give me the candor and honesty you gave Paul. Help me to speak the truth in love and to share my perspective, feelings, wants and desires with clarity and grace. AMEN
Pastor Don Patterson
Living with people in real relationships is as flavorful as a rich soup. Fight with all your heart the blandness that comes from avoiding conflict and resolution.