through His Word
Philemon: Don’t exclude forgiveness from the good that you do to brothers and sisters in Christ.
v.1-5 Have faith toward Jesus and love for all the saints.
v.6-7 Let the good that is in you because of your faith, be expressed to the saints.
v.8-11 Be profitable to those who were once unprofitable to you.
v.12-14 Be gracious to those who have wronged you.
v.15-17 Receive the person with love and respect.
v.18-19 Put what anyone owes you against what we owe (the love and goodness of) God.
v.20-21 Obey God by having this grace toward someone who has wronged you.
v.22-25 Continue in love and fellowship with fellow laborers in Christ.
Other Application on “Forgiveness”:
When the Wrong That Someone Else Is Living, Splatters on You
The wrong that has been done to you in your life, doesn’t have to shape who you are. You don’t have to bear its burden and weight. It doesn’t have to be a dark blot that you need to keep running away from. It doesn’t have to dampen your spirit or cloud your vision of yourself and others.
God has made release possible. He has given us the option of forgiving what was said or done. We can forgive, in Him. We can give it to Him to deal with, to judge or to have mercy, according to His understanding of the situation and the people involved. He knows how you were affected. He knows what the instigator was thinking and feeling. He knows whether he or she was struggling with anything at the time. We can trust His loving and righteous heart to take care of it for us. God’s love, righteousness, and faithfulness make it possible to forgive the wrong that has been done to us and to release its pain.
Let the effects of that wrong cease with you. Don’t be shaped by it, and don’t give it out to others. Stem the harm. Respond to wrongs with the grace of soundness and wholeness that God can supply.
Copyright © 2014 by Beebe Kauffman
1 Ki 8:39 Hear [each one’s prayer (v.38)] in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men). (NKJV)
Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. (NKJV)
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (NKJV)
Phil 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (NKJV)forgive, forgiveness, God, Jesus, Christ, Philemon, Bible, Bible application, the word of God, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies, women's Bible studies, quiet time, teaching outlines of the Bible