by Donald Cantrell

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The Passion of One's Friendship (3 of 10)
Series: Postcards from Prison - Philemon
Donald Cantrell
Philemon 1:1-5

Philemon 1:1-5 (KJV) 1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer, 2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house: 3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, 5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

I - Philemon was a Favorite Friend (dearly beloved)
A) Paul Publicly Recognized Philemon - Christian Brother
B) Paul Passionately Relished Philemon - Close Bond

II - Philemon was a Faithful Friend (fellowlabourer)
A) The Men Were Devoted Companions in the Work
B) The Men Were Deeply Committed to the Work

III - Philemon was a Flourishing Friend (hearing of)
A) Paul was Prayerful of the Ministry of Philemon
1 - The Prayer was Continual
2 - The Prayer was Intentional
B) Paul was Thankful of the Ministry of Philemon
1 - True Friendship Abandons Jealousy
2 - True Friendship Appreciates Success

Charlie Brown - True Friendships

On one occasion, Peppermint Patty said to Marcie: ''I'd like to read this book, Marcie, but I'm kind of afraid. I had a grandfather who didn't think much of reading.'' She continued by saying, ''He always said that if you read too many books, your head would fall off.''

Marcie responds, ''You start the first chapter, and I'll hold onto your head!''

Friend, hold on to friends and let them hold on to you so that we will all save face by facing the future as people who will know and do God's Word. Paul was willing to help his friends out and through his mediation he was going to salvage the usefulness of a slave to his master. This is an awesome picture of true friendship.
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