The book of Philemon is very short — it is only 25 verses. It is a letter that Paul wrote to a Christian man named Philemon.
Philemon’s servant, Onesimus, had run away. Onesimus went to see Paul. Onesimus became a Christian while he was staying with Paul. He also became Paul’s friend and helper.
But now it was time for Onesimus to go home to his master, Philemon. Paul wrote this letter to Philemon to tell him that Onesimus had become a Christian. In verses 17 and 18 of our Bible Reading Paul told Philemon, “If you accept me as your friend, then accept Onesimus back. Welcome him like you would welcome me. If he has done any wrong to you or owes you anything, charge it to me.” Paul wanted Philemon to forgive Onesimus and welcome him home.
This short book teaches us that we should pray for, encourage, forgive and love each other. Ask God to help you do these things today.