Enjoin or Beseech?

  When Paul wrote to Philemon to receive Onesimus, a runaway slave who was returning, he could enjoin (direct by authority) him to receive him. But he chose to beseech (beg, request) him to do so out of love as brethren. This was because he wanted Philemon to do this deed "willingly" (verse 14). Either way he wanted Onesimus received, but he wanted the love that must exist among brethren to prevail.

  In fact, Paul was confident Philemon would do even more than requested (verse 21). The tie that binds brethren together is strong and should not be broken, or even strained. It existed with Paul, Philemon, Onesimus and others named in that little epistle. It should exist among us today. Agree?