Philemon 1:10-14
“I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel; but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.”

Paul is writing from prison to Philemon, a fellow Christian whose home is also used as a church, in order to persuade him to take back Onesimus his former slave. Onesimus had stolen from Philemon and had fled from him. While in prison, Paul met Onesimus and witnessed to him…

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