"yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ" (Philemon 9). “…Paul, the aged” – that’s an interesting way for him to refer to himself. Most of us today get a little prickly at the thought of being “aged” (or probably even more so if others think of us in that way). Our culture doesn’t put much value on its older members – they are seen as behind the times, out of touch, slow, a burden, etc. But Paul labeled himself “the aged” – he wasn’t ashamed, in fact it was supposed to imply something very positive.