|I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. |
|That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. |
|and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake. |
CommentaryThe sharing of your faith means the practical kindness which Philemon showed to others. Paul prayed then that Philemon's life of benevolence would lead many to acknowledge that all his good deeds came from Christ Jesus. There is tremendous power and influence in a life where the love of God is manifest. It is one thing to read about love in a book, but how compelling it is to see the Word become flesh in a human life!
MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Phm 6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.