After a long, hot day of doing yard work, my daughter brought me a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade. As I felt the coolness on my lips, drank in the smell of the lemons, and tasted the sweet goodness, the cold drink revived my body and boosted my spirits. Simply put, her act of kindness brightened my day.
Being a Christian isn’t always easy, and there are times when it seems downright hard! That’s when a kind word, a helping hand, or a note of encouragement can be lemonade to a weary believer’s parched soul.
Read Philemon 6-7. Take some time to ponder verse 7.
What was Paul’s prayer for his friends?
What is effective faith? Do you have it? Why or why not?
How had Philemon encouraged Paul?
What does it mean to refresh the heart of a saint?
Have there been times when you needed your heart refreshed?
Who is known for refreshing your heart?
In what ways do you refresh other believers?
In today’s passage, Paul wanted to let Philemon know that his kindness, encouragement, and love had brought joy to his spirit and had refreshed his heart. That’s a great reputation to have. I don’t know about you, but I want to be someone who brings encouragement and refreshment into others’ lives.
Take a moment and think about the other believers in your life. Do any of them need to be refreshed? Who needs a word of encouragement? What will you do to refresh their hearts this week?
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