In January, we read through Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and this month we are reading Paul’s letter addressed to a specific believer in the Colossian church — Philemon– written at about the same time. Paul’s intent with this letter was to restore a broken relationship through the transforming power of the love of Christ. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
Refresh | Rebecca Hoyt
I just love every part of this verse, “Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.” It makes me smile when I read this. My Bible notes Paul had experienced great joy because of Philemon’s love for his fellow Christians. He uses the word refreshed (cause to rest) in regard to Philemon, a key concept appearing later in the letter as well (v. 20) and implying a time for rest or relaxation, which prepares a person to begin his labor anew. The outpouring of Philemon’s great love upon his fellow believers refreshed them so that they were energized to devote themselves to the work of the Kingdom.
Doesn’t just hearing the words joy, refresh, energized sound great! Like at the end of a rough week and then comes my favorite time Friday afternoon and the weekend to relax, rest, refresh. I hope we as believers can with our love refresh others and be refreshed ourselves so we can go out anew and go out and do what God has chosen us to do.
Dear Father, thank You so much for weekends and a time to refresh and renew each week. I pray that after a really rough year and a half that this new year is a time of rest and restore. Getting us ready, preparing us for our labor anew.
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