Ready to Forgive September 2
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy house:
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
Apphia is presumed to be the wife of Philemon and Archippus, his son. Notice that Paul greets them rather than Philemon; in fact, Philemon isn't mentioned until the very last verse in this letter.
We can gather some insights from this letter seeking forgiveness for a runaway slave named Onesimus. First, Onesimus wasn't running away from slavery; he was running to the gospel, he wanted to remain a servant, but he wanted to serve in another capacity.
Honestly, he wanted to be next to the man of God, the anointing on Paul was authentic; myself being around some very anointed men and women of God, you can feel the Lord's presence. Onesimus wanted that so much that he was willing to serve in a dungeon!
This letter is about forgiveness, so Paul sees the need to forgive and positions the first two people who've been affected the most. Apphia & Archippus. Mother and son probably had to pick up Onesimus's chores, which perhaps caused some harsh feelings.
But this letter is open-ended; when Paul arrives, he will settle the debt, and there is no mention of him returning to settle up. It's open-ended for a reason.
We are always to be forgiving.
He is: Elohay Selichot
The God Who is Ready to Forgive