The Book of Philemon in the BIBLE is very commonly read leisurely, once a year probably, when people feel some new surge of affection for “old manuscript” weekend relaxation.
However, the skill with which this personal letter was written got me really excited. I felt a necessity to write something about the WRITER’s ATTITUDE to his subject.
Just like you can be convinced by the gesticulations of a public speaker and his somewhat contorted facial expressions while making a charge for protest!! The human mind is trained also to either be receptive or defensive when receiving a written expression.
“Attitude is what draws people to you or pushes them away”, “It is more consistent than the words, and will never be content until it is expressed”……John C. Maxwell.
It is the attitude of a writing that let’s the writer know where to start and where to stop.
The Book of Philemon considered:
– Raw expression of desire must be measured with skillful restraint. Riding a horse requires the right measure of raw whipping. Whip it and hold back, be sincere about your personality with the restraint of purpose. “Paul a Prisoner of Jesus christ” could well have been written as “Paul a Prisoner” demonstrating a desire to win by not denying the state of things yet including an uncommon ability to thrive.
Paul did not have the nose-dive attitude, Never write with a sinking spirit.
– Always raise the stakes beyond the expected outcome of your writing work. I expect for example that anyone who reads this article should have the key to being the next “BIBLE” Paul in the book of philemon always raised the stakes vs 8 preparing the reader’s mind for a convincing expression Paul states ” I could have employed a bold stance and demanded this of you” but vs 9 “for love’s sake I would rather plead with you” be assertive on your writing ability and authority but never beat your drum too loud to rouse defense in the mind of readers.
– Finally, your reader should be well convinced that you as the writer have accepted the implication of your expressions. Paul never denied how difficult it would be to accept a slave as a son but he set the example by calling Onesimus his son vs 10 “I beseech thee for my son” could easily have been “I beseech thee for thy slave” which would make a negotiation for sonship more difficult. The writer’s attitude towards his target must be flawless.
Remember always “one word, goes a thousand miles”…….
Dami de furst ¤Writz¤
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