Philemon 4-7 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
There is much we can learn from this small book. We are reminded of the importance of forgiveness, even to those who have wronged us (vs 17). We are reminded that we may have a lot going right in our lives (vs 1, 4, 6, 7), but may still have wounds, scars, areas of forgiveness, or areas in which we can grow (vs 9, 11, 17-29). We also see that all things work together for good. Things that we may see as losses or hurtful in our lives may be for the furtherance of the Gospel (vs 15).
But today, I was challenged to be one that refreshes the saints. It is very evident in Paul’s writings the value he places on men and women who refresh and encourage brothers and sisters in Christ. The word “refresh” means: To give new strength or energy to; to revive; reinvigorate; to reanimate after depression; to cheer; to enliven; to give rest. We all know people who take energy out of us. We shouldn’t, but it’s tempting when we see them coming, to “remember something we had to do” and walk the other way. But we also know people who, after a good conversation with them, they refresh us. Our soul feels lighter. We feel comforted and energized. Let’s be that person! Might we look for ways – both physical and spiritual, with which we can refresh the saints.