Philemon 1:18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
Paul is writing this letter from jail to a man named Philemon. Philemon was man of means who had a church meeting in his house. Onesimus was a servant to Philemon; he stole from Philemon and then ran away. If Onesimus got caught, he could be taken to court by Philemon and sentenced to death! While Paul was in prison, he met Onesimus, and Onesimus got saved. Paul convinced Onesimus to go back to Philemon, but he knew this would be a risk. So Paul, in a Christ-like spirit, tells Philemon that he will pay back anything that Onesimus owes Philemon. Christianity is all about accepting something painful or costly to bring healing to a relationship for someone else. That’s what Christ did for us on the cross! Do you live in such a way that others are blessed and relationships are restored, or do you live for yourself?