Romania Devotional Journal – June 20

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June 20, 2017 – TUESDAY


Philemon; Ecc 7:1-14

It’s hot in Savannah, Georgia. Really hot in the cotton fields, 10 years before the Civil War.

He’s called Onus. No one knows why; no one cares. He is hopeless. He has no family. He sees no end to his slavery.
He decides to run from his masters, the wealthy Lemon family.

At night, he steals a pocketful of silverware, some bread and a canteen. He sneaks out and heads north, hoping to pose as a freedman.

Five months later, Onus has a job at a print shop. His master gave up the hunt, and life went on until the preacher came into the shop.

“I need my Bible rebound,” the preacher said. The conversation led to the Gospel, which led to Onus being saved.

“Where did you come from, Onus?” the preacher asked.

“Savannah, 5 months ago.”

“I know a guy there! His name is Lemon. I led him to Christ. Do you know him?”

Onus’s hands began to sweat. He stepped back. His voice shook, “That’s my master. How…”

“Nevermind how,” the preacher said. “I’ll write him a letter, and I want you to deliver it to him.”

“ME?! No sir! He’ll have me killed!” Onus said, clearly shaken up.

“You take the letter. I’ll make sure he shows you Christian love like he ought to…”

Onus did as he was told, trusting God.


It’s a true story. Only the names and dates were changed. Onus is Onesimus, and Master Lemon is Philemon. The preacher is Paul, who has Onesimus return to his former master with a letter–the book of Philemon.
Now go re-read the book. It puts love in a whole new light.



  1. What did you learn from Philemon? What should loving others look like?
  2. What are your thoughts on Ecc. 7:1-14?
  3. What are 3 things you are thankful for?
  4. Write (and practice memorizing) 1 Cor. 15:58.
  5. What happened today?