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After assuring Philemon’s heart, Paul convinces his mind to forgive.


After Paul appealed to Philemon’s reputation, the heart of Philemon is assured and ready to forgive.


Paul encourages Philemon to forgive by reminding him of his reputation of refreshing believers.


Reputation of Edifying

Philemon 1:6

Paul encourages Philemon to forgive by reminding him of his reputation of edifying the church.


Reputation of Labor

Philemon 1:6

Paul encourages Philemon to forgive by reminding him of his reputation of labor for Christ.


Reputation of Love

Philemon 1:5

Paul encourages Philemon to forgive by appealing to his reputation of love for the saints.


A Reputation of Faith

Philemon 1:5

Paul encourages Philemon to forgive by drawing attention to the faith that God gave him.


A Reputation of Good

Philemon 1:4

Paul encourages godly obedience by reminding Philemon of his reputation of good.


Paul assures the heart of Philemon in order to encourage forgiveness.


The Tone is Set

Philemon 1:1-2

The tone for Paul’s letter is set. It is one of equality and charity.


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