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The Plea of Christian Forgiveness (5 of 10)
Series: Postcards from Prison - Philemon
Philemon 1:8-10 (KJV) 8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient, 9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
I - The Incarceration of Paul
''Consider his Frailty and Desire''
A) The Age of Paul - His Consideration
B) The Accomplishment of Paul - His Convert
1 - A Free Man Came To Paul Bound
2 - A Bound Man Left Paul Free
C) The Appeal of Paul - His Concern
1 - See him pleading for Forgiveness
2 - See him pressing for Forgiveness
II - The Indiscretion of Onesimus (profitable, useful)
''Consider his Flight and Desertion''
A) The Lowly Occupation of Onesimus - Slavery
B) The Likely Migration of Onesimus - Separation
C) The Lovely Conversion of Onesimus - Salvation
III - The Invitation of Philemon
''Consider his Feelings and Dilemma''
A) Thought One - ''Could He Forgive Onesimus?''
''Forgiveness would be a Personal Test''
B) Thought Two - ''Should He Forgive Onesimus?''
''Forgiveness would be a Pivotal Test''
C) Thought Three - ''Would He Forgive Onesimus?''
''Forgiveness would be a Phenomenal Test''
FORGIVING WHEN YOU CAN'T
Her car had killed my husband, a school crossing guard. She had struck Tom down while he was on duty, helping the children. The investigating officer and witnesses had told me it was a ''no fault'' accident. I didn't want to believe them.
In the sad, lonely weeks after the funeral, my thoughts turned again and again to this woman--blaming her, accusing her, resenting her.
One afternoon my preacher, Garth Steele, stopped by, ''I've seen her,'' he said. ''She wasn't speeding. She wasn't careless. She was blinded by the low, glaring sun. It honestly wasn't an irresponsible accident.'' ...
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