Are the Saints Refreshed Through You?

by Lee Buford on May 20, 2010

What comes to mind when you hear the word “refreshed”?

For me it’s symbolic of rejuvenation…an uplifting, encouraging restoration. Perhaps you think of a cold drink of water, a massage, or an extended vacation. Do you think of yourself? Not in terms of your being refreshed, but rather in terms of you being the refreshment.

Not you per se, but you as a catalyst…you reaching out to someone in genuine love and support to bring about a refreshing of their soul, attitude, or circumstance.

I love to read Paul’s letter to Philemon. In my opinion this is perhaps the best “blueprint” I’ve ever seen for reconciliation by way of encouraging, thoughtful communication. This is “the art of persuasion” at its finest. In verse seven, as he does throughout the letter, Paul reiterates a heart-felt connection with Philemon as a brother in Christ, reminding him of why he so values their relationship:

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

Wow! Who wouldn’t be flattered by such a remark? We can feel certain that at this point Paul has Philemon’s ear, and he has captured it by “refreshing” Philemon’s soul in the process.

Galatians 6:10 reminds us that, as we encounter opportunities to do so, we are to “do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

This is precisely what Paul is doing in his letter to Philemon. This is what we are to do also. Think on this today. Take a few minutes to read Paul’s letter to Philemon. Pray that God would reveal a particular person or opportunity to you. And respond in an appropriate, Christ-like manner where you have the opportunity.

After all, could it be said that “the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you?”

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