Philemon’s Song

Paul:
I’m in chains, bound to You, Lord
with a ‘son’ who slaves for me
I return him to his master
Set him free
Set him free.

Break me now, break me always
when my heart’s too hard to see
that I’m the point of grace
Set me free
Set me free.

Onesimus:
I ran away from a brother
who has always enslaved me
now my ‘father’ sends me to him
Set me free
Set me free.

Break me now, break me always
when my heart’s too hard to see
that I’m the point of grace
Lord, set me free
Set me free.

Philemon:
I once owned this useless one
who now bows and offers me
a plea from my dear brother
to set him free
Set him free.

Break me now, break me always
when my heart’s too hard to see
that I’m the point of grace
Lord, set me free
Set me free.

Christians:
Enslaved to laws that showed us sin
and how our lives should be
we forged yet more such fetters
Not of Thee
Not of Thee.

Break me now, break me always
when my heart’s too hard to see
that I’m the point of grace
Lord, set me free
Set me free.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1

Break us now, break us always
when our hearts won’t let us see
that we’re the point of grace
Lord, set us free
Set us free.

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6 thoughts on “Philemon’s Song

  1. It might be familiar. It was originally < HREF="http://keithbrenton.blogspot.com/2006/07/onesimus.html" REL="nofollow">Onesimus<>, but it wasn’t complete and didn’t feel right. So I kept a draft of it to remind me that I hadn’t finished it.For a few minutes, it was “Truly Free.” But that wasn’t quite it, either.This evening I just sort of knew what it was really about, finally: Philemon. Faced with the choice of freeing someone else, and by doing so, freeing himself.

  2. Yes, I recalled the original, and in fact looked it up to compare the two and see what you had added. I was in the middle of leaving a comment and after the word verification and all, after I hit ‘publish,’ there was a new title up at the top of the newly refreshed screen! I like it. Both the new version and the new title. How insightful. Thank you, Keith.Really.<>Philemon 4,7<>

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