Philemon was a wealthy Christian of Colossae who hosted a house church. He was converted under the apostle Paul. He is remembered because of his runaway slave, Onesimus, who after damaging or stealing his master's property...made his way to Rome where he was converted under Paul's ministry. Onesimus later returned to Philemon, taking with him the letter to the Colossians and also the letter to Philemon from Paul. Paul asked Philemon to receive Onesimus, not as a slave, but as a "beloved brother".
Philemon is the shortest and most personal of all Paul's letters. It's a reminder to us today that the presence of Christ drastically changes every relationship in life. This letter gives us a tender illustration of Christian love.
In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!