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How did Paul try to convince Philemon to free Onesimus?

Paul used his considerable powers of persuasion and coercion. He was warm like the sun and forceful like the wind. He wrote, “For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love.” (NRSV, Philemon 1:8). Paul continued, “So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you in any way, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self.” (NRSV, Philemon 1:17–19)


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