Philemon 1

1-7 Faith in Christ, and love to him, should unite saints more

closely than any outward relation can unite the people of the

world. Paul in his private prayers was particular in remembering

his friends. We must remember Christian friends much and often,

as their cases may need, bearing them in our thoughts, and upon

our hearts, before our God. Different sentiments and ways in

what is not essential, must not make difference of affection, as

to the truth. He inquired concerning his friends, as to the

truth, growth, and fruitfulness of their graces, their faith in

Christ, and love to him, and to all the saints. The good which

Philemon did, was matter of joy and comfort to him and others,

who therefore desired that he would continue and abound in good

fruits, more and more, to God's honour.
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