Refreshing Souls

Naps, along with fire, the wheel, and steak, are perhaps the greatest thing ever invented. Why? Because they are so refreshing. I just woke up from a nap and I feel like ten million bucks. Before the nap I felt like sludgy pudding. Now I feel like a superstar.

I recently read the following words in Philemon 4-7:

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

I absolutely love the words, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that was the regular effect that we had on others? Wouldn’t it be beautiful if after spending an hour with us, our husband/wife/child/friend said, “My heart feels refreshed in the Lord!”? We don’t live in a vacuum. Our actions and words directly effect the people around us. I want to be like Philemon. I want people to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and refilled in the Lord after time with me.

What was it about Philemon that made him so refreshing to others? “For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love…” Philemon was bursting with love for other Christians, and the result was that he refreshed the saints around him.

Is my heart brimming with love for those around me? Do I have the affection of Christ for the saints, which in turn leads me to refresh them with my words, my time, my money, my care? I’m not there yet, but by grace, I want to be.

So here’s to refreshing souls. And to naps…

+photo by Dominic’s pics

  • http://www.dawgandponyshow.blogspot.com Van H. Edwards

    Good words, Stephen! I was just sitting here studying Philemonand noting how much encouragement Paul gives him. Paul is encouraging Philemon for his encouragements. How refreshing!

  • Stephen Altrogge

    Yeah, it’s amazing when you read through Paul’s epistles how faithful he is to encourage those he’s writing to. I want to be like Paul!

  • http://adventinfaith.blogspot.com megan

    This is great. Thanks for taking the time to share it.

  • http://garyboalnireland.blogspot.com Boaly

    Brilliant post – Thanks Stephen

  • Stephen Altrogge

    Megan and Boaly – So glad you found it helpful.