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Philemon 6 - I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith

NIV 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.
KJV That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
NASB 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.
Philemon 6


The 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.

Proverbs 15:32 - Whoever heeds correction gains understanding

NIV He who ignores discipline despises himself,
but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
KJV He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
NASB He who neglects discipline despises himself,
But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.
Proverbs 15:32


Refusing to listen to godly instruction and discipline oneself is self-destructive. While it is a natural reaction to be defensive to corrective counsel, the wise will accept and heed such godly correction and discipline from their friends and fellow believers.