Philemon 1:9-19 NLT

9 but because of our love, I prefer just to ask you. So take this as a request from your friend Paul, an old man, now in prison for the sake of Christ Jesus.
10 My plea is that you show kindness to Onesimus. I think of him as my own son because he became a believer as a result of my ministry here in prison.
11 Onesimus a hasn't been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us.

References for Philemon 1:11

    • a 1:11 - <I>Onesimus</I> means "useful."
      12 I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.
      13 I really wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf.
      14 But I didn't want to do anything without your consent. And I didn't want you to help because you were forced to do it but because you wanted to.
      15 Perhaps you could think of it this way: Onesimus ran away for a little while so you could have him back forever.
      16 He is no longer just a slave; he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a slave and as a brother in the Lord.
      17 So if you consider me your partner, give him the same welcome you would give me if I were coming.
      18 If he has harmed you in any way or stolen anything from you, charge me for it.
      19 I, Paul, write this in my own handwriting: "I will repay it." And I won't mention that you owe me your very soul!