Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bringing Refreshment


Philemon 1:7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.


Like cold water on a long hike, this Christian brother Philemon knew how to be refreshing. He was able to revive and restore his brothers and sisters in the faith. His love and generosity had replenished and stimulated them. Philemon also encouraged Paul by his love and loyalty. Are you a refreshing influence on others, or do your attitude and temperament add to the burden they carry? Instead of draining others' energy and motivation with complaints and problems, replenish their spirits by encouragement, love, and a helpful attitude.


My heart was stirred when I read this verse this morning. Much joy and comfort was brought to Paul from the love that Philemon gave to him. Because of this love, the saint's hearts were refreshed. I looked up the meaning of refreshed and found the following:

The Greek word is anapauō and it means: 1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength 2) to give rest, refresh, to give one's self rest, take rest 3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation.

So, Philemon's love for God and others allowed the man of God to rest, collect his strength, to keep quiet, calm down and wait with patient expectation! Now that is how to relax! And it was brought on because of the love shown by one man.

As I meditate on that, who will I refresh today? I want to bring joy and comfort to people. I want to cause them to rest and relax. I know some folk that instantly take rest and relaxation out of the room when they show up. They are so cynical, critical, and calloused about everything and everybody. They burden you down, wear you out, and can sap your joy. I never want to be someone like that. I want to be like Philemon.

The name Philemon means "one who kisses." And from this verse, we know he "kissed" people, not with his lips, but with joy, comfort and refreshment. Lord, help me to "kiss" with joy, comfort and refreshment today!


"Lord, my hearts desire today is to bring encouragement to someone. I never want to be one who people dread seeing coming because of a bad, negative attitude. That type of person saps the joy, comfort and refreshment out of your life and the room. I want to bring joy and refreshment today to everyone I come in contact with. Direct my steps today oh Lord. I know you have divine appointments prepared for me today. I bless Your name and thank You for it. In Jesus' name, amen!"