The letter to Philemon shows how love works in the church when someone is wronged. Can there be love when someone steals from another church member or wrongs them in some way? Onesimus, the slave of Philemon in Colossae, was an unfaithful servant, a deserter, and an ungrateful thief who ran away from his master, Philemon. Can there be love between Philemon, a prominent and wealthy man with a church in his house, and Onesimus, a runaway slave?