Is there someone for whom you are just filled with thankfulness? When Paul wasn’t chained in a jail somewhere, he was often enjoying the homes of wealthy friends like Gaius in Corinth (Romans 16:23) or Philemon in Colossae. The Lord provided little seasons of comfort in the midst of his arduous ministry. In Philemon, Paul told Philemon, “One more thing—please prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that God will answer your prayers and let me return to you soon” (Philemon 1:22, NLT).
Twice in this letter, Paul spoke of Philemon as being refreshing (verse 7 and 20).
Has anyone refreshed you recently in body, soul, or mind? Has anyone offered you hospitality? Do you know someone who seems perpetually refreshed? Take a moment and thank the Lord for them. Let God’s gratitude flood over your spirit. Many people tend to drain us, so we should be filled with thanks for those who refresh us.
The Bible says, “Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25, NIV).
Jesus, make me a much more refreshing person. Fill my heart with Your mercy. Scotty Smith