On the Basis of Love
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On the Basis of Love

Philemon 1:8-16  (ID: 2589)

In leading and persuading others, one’s tone is essential; kindness and gentleness go much further than pulling rank or making demands. Alistair Begg points out an inspired example of this principle in Paul’s appeal for Onesimus’s freedom in his epistle to Philemon. After running away from his master, Onesimus providentially found Paul and was converted. Paul then approached Philemon not on the basis of his apostleship but because of their shared brotherhood in God’s family. In this, he modeled how we ought to encourage one another.


Paul's Plea for Onesimus

8Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required,

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Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.