God: treasures our good deeds for each other….
Philemon 1:17-19 (KJV) “If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides”.
We have many ways of dealing with individuals who owe us and at times, sad to say, if that debt is long overdue we can tend to be forceful in attempting to gain what we see as rightfully belonging to us: give what you owe me now. Yes, that is how we think and it comes out in actions at some point.
We do have a right to reclaim our belongings, but Jesus had a different method of dealing with such situations, “If they take your coat give to them your cloak as well” (Mt 5:40)….pretty unusual; just keep giving that greedy one more of what they have taken from you.
In our reading today we see this emphasized by Paul as he takes on the debt of a close friend and brother in Christ; Paul had relationship with the bond man and it is interesting that he stands in the gap, not with prayers, but with action to negate the debt owed.
Is that how we deal with situations when we see our brothers or sisters in faith having a debilitating situation they are dealing with and cannot get out from under the burden; or do we hide our resources secretly pretending that we don’t see what’s happening and hoarding our gains for our selfish purpose?
We tend to act like that at times; but remember, in this thing called life, today one man is esteemed very highly, but tomorrow another will take his place; that is just how life operates. If you can, lend a hand.
Trivia: Whose hand did God declare that He will break?