The endless willingness to sacrifice 

New Testament: Phm 19

To read the Bible in a year, read Philemon on November 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

When do we stop sacrificing? I do not read anywhere in the Scriptures where the Lord limits our sacrificing. Why would he limit it when he himself gave without limit? 

Therefore, it does not surprise me to read of Paul’s willingness to sacrifice repeatedly for the sake of the gospel. After Paul converted a bondservant of a friend, Paul wrote to that friend, urging him to take back his runaway servant. Part of the apostle’s persuasion was this: 

I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay—not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.

– Philemon 19 

He said those things because if Onesimus, the runaway, owed Philemon anything, Paul would pay it, but then Paul added that Philemon owed his life to Paul. 

How could Philemon refuse such a request from a friend of that nature? 


  • What do you think the reunion between Philemon and Onesimus was like? 
  • Have you been reconciled to someone? 

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