People talk—whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or in person. Girls post about their boyfriends. People tweet about their plans. We text others about our friends. People talk, so what are they saying about you?
Read Philemon 1-5. Ponder verse 5.
To whom was Paul writing?
What had Paul heard about him?
When people talk about you, what would you like them to say about you?
In what ways can you show the world that you love Jesus this week?
How can you demonstrate your love to other believers on a daily basis?
Why is it important to be known as a person who loves others? Explain.
What kind of reputation do you have?
What areas of your life do you need to change in order to have a solid, godly reputation?
When Paul wrote this letter, he’d been hearing a lot about Philemon and the others—in a good way. People had noticed Philemon and his friends and commented on their love and faith. They had a reputation that spoke volumes about the God they served.
Paul was undoubtedly pleased, but just think about how pleased God must have been. Philemon, Apphia, Archippus, and the others in the church were actively living out their faith, and it was evident in the way they loved others. Their actions were screaming to the world, “I belong to Jesus!”
What are your actions saying about you? Remember that people are talking, so why not give them something good to talk about? Live out your faith every day and let His love be seen in the way you love those around you.