Reading of Scripture: Philemon

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and
Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
Christ.
4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5 because
I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus
and for all the saints, 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may
become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in
us for the sake of Christ. 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort
from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been
refreshed through you.
8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to
do what is required, 9 yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—
I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—
10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in
my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is
indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you,
sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me,
in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my
imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without
your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion
but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from
you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as
a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—
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especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in
the Lord.
17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive
me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that
to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—
to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I
want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do
even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for
me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given
to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,
24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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