Daily Radio Bible Podcast
The only way this world is going to be made right is if someone puts aside their rights and offers love instead. Lay down your rights in order to do what is right, to make this world right. That's the request that Paul makes of Philemon for Onesimus was Philemon's slave, and had run away from him. In God's providence, both men had been led to the Lord by Paul. Now they are new people that God has begun a work of transformation. Paul is sending an Onesimus back to Philemon, who legally still owns him. This is a teaching moment for these two men. In this moment, Paul is challenging both of them to discover the depths of the gospel, the radical extent to which the gospel transforms individuals and societies. Paul is reminding Philemon that the only way the world is going to be made right, is if people put aside their rights and offer love. Instead, Paul is saying, Philemon, you may own this man according to Roman law, but Jesus has shown you a better law, the law of love. He has made you free by giving up his rights and becoming a slave so that you might be made right and set free by God. Paul describes this in Philippians, 2:7. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges, he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. Jesus gave up his rights to do what is right, so that this world might be made right? This is the only way that this broken world and it's broken people are going to be made right. This was not only a call for by Philemon, but for you and me. We are called to follow Jesus's example and lay down our lives on behalf of others. There is no greater demonstration of love than to lay down one's life for a brother. Jesus had done this for Philemon and for all of us, our joy and privilege is to follow his example. And when we do this, not only is this world made right, but our souls are made right. follow his example. See what Jesus has done for you. How he has laid down his life for you. It is your privilege to follow Him and do the same. It's only as we lay down our life that we truly find it
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