Sacred Spaces 530 – How would you respond?
I recently read the letter (book) of Philemon. Its Paul writing to this guy, Philemon, pleading to welcome and accept back: Onesimus.
Onesimus had wronged Philemon. But Paul urges Philemon to forgive him.
Then Paul ends the letter with a request that he’d keep aside a guest room for him. Because he plans on visiting Philemon soon. And then the letter ends. That’s it!
Only 25 verses.
Just like that! No verdict. We never know how Philemon responds? The scriptures don’t tell us anything more. The ball is in Philemon’s court. We’re left wondering how he would have responded…
Then another well-known preacher speaks about the Prodigal Son story where the old man goes out to the field and invites the older son to come in and join the party.
Then that passage ends too. What happened? Did the older boy go in and join the party or did he stay out in the field. We’re left wondering there too…
I like this about the scriptures. It reminds me of those “choose your own adventure” books.
What is your ending?
Both these passages are about holding grudges. The thing is; how will you respond?
Has someone wronged you?
Do you need to forgive someone?
The ending is open. You choose how it ends.
Will you be enslaved by unforgiveness and
Or will you step into a better ending? A better response…
The choice is yours!