The Longsuffering Servant
This Sunday, our guest speaker Alex Lim, elder at Jubilee Church Seoul, will talk about the spiritual fruit of patience.
8 Accordingly, mthough I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do nwhatis required, 9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man andnow oa prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for pmy child,qOnesimus,2 rwhose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he wasuseless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending himback to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, inorder that he might serve me son your behalf tduring my imprisonment for thegospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that yourgoodness might not be uby compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhapsis why vhe was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,16 wno longer as a bondservant3 but more than a bondservant, as xa beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, yboth in the flesh and in the Lord.
17 So if you consider me zyour partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 Ifhe has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 aI,Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing meeven your own self.