Philemon 10-13 Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man 10 I appeal to you for my child [a]Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my [b]imprisonment, 11 who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12 I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, 13 whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my [c]imprisonment for the gospel
Matthew 5:37 37 But let [a]your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
The Patience TestAble toAccept / Tolerate:⦁ Delays⦁ Problems⦁ SufferingWithout becomingAnnoyed or AnxiousYou can’t hide it!Obvious to everyone:⦁ Long-suffering⦁ Forbearing⦁ Accommodating⦁ Calm⦁ Content⦁ Easy-going⦁ Stoical Psalm 130:5 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Mercy Defined … ⦁ Mercy is thedemonstration of compassion⦁ Webster: “Kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly.”⦁ Easton’s Bible Dictionary:“Compassion for the miserable.”⦁ Compassionate treatment or attitude to an offender or an enemy⦁ Vine’s Dictionary:“The outward manifestation of pity”⦁ Helping the helpless, forgiving the sinner Colossians 3:13 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
1 Peter 5:4-6 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading [a]crown of glory. 5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
Be courageous – In prayer Be courageous – Fearless Be courageous – Stay focussed Be courageous – Face sin John 14:1-3 14 “Do not let your heart be troubled; [a]believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be…
Be Sober – First Thoughts⦁ Not Drunk? ⦁ Sombre? ⦁ Serious? ⦁ Sensible? ⦁ The Sober-minded Christian⦁ Self-controlled⦁ Clear-headed⦁ Watchful— ⦁ God expects the Christian to know what is:⦁ Happening around them.⦁ Coming in the end. Acts 26:24-25 24 While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! [a]Your great learning is [b]driving you mad.” 25 But Paul *said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words [c]of sober truth.