(NLT) Philemon 1 : 1 This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker,
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 2 and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 4 I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon,
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 5 because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 6 And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 7 Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 8 That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 9 But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me--Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 10 I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 11 Onesimus hasn't been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 12 I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 13 I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 14 But I didn't want to do anything without your consent. I wanted you to help because you were willing, not because you were forced.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 15 It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 16 He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 18 If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it. And I won't mention that you owe me your very soul!
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 20 Yes, my brother, please do me this favor for the Lord's sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 21 I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more!
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 22 One more thing--please prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that God will answer your prayers and let me return to you soon.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 24 So do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-workers.
(NLT) Philemon 1 : 25 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.