Full Court Press

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Today's reading: Philemon 8-21

If you're a basketball fan, or familiar with the sport at all, you're likely familiar with the term "full court press," a phrase describing how the team who is not in possession of the ball applies defensive pressure on the opposing team from the moment they take possession of the ball until possession changes, either through a turnover or a score. "Full court press" is the phrase that popped into my mind as I considered Paul' s letter to Philemon. While the situation is not a game environment, Paul is applying steady and constant pressure to Philemon to do what Paul believes is the correct thing with regard to Onesimus. He draws on his relationship with Philemon, personally and as fellow believers, to persuasively and lovingly prompt him in the action he needs to take.

What's one lesson about dealing with conflict or a challenging situation that you learned or noticed from Paul's petition to Philemon? How important is our tone when we engage in difficult interactions? What about our demeanor when we're talking with someone face-to-face? Tami

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( vs.8 and 9)" I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—"
(vs.14 )"but I preferred to do nothing without YOUR CONSENT in order that your goodness might not be by COMPULSION but of your own ACCORD."
(vs. 16 )" no longer as a bondservant[b] but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord."

In these above verses, we see how Paul uses persuasion,love and appeals to handle the situation with Philemon's conflict with Onesimus.

Paul uses persuasion instead of commanding Philemon.
Paul desires to approach Philemon's desire to do right and not to be forced to do so.
Paul appeals to Philemon to have a change of attitude towards Onenimus as a beloved brother.

Yes, our tone and demeanor are very important because a loud and harsh condescending voices offers no good results.

Another good study, Tami!!

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