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Where Are The Refreshments

"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints" (Philemon 7).

One of the special things about going to show or sporting event is the time we take to have some refreshments... At a ballgame it may be a hot dog, bag of peanuts, ice cream or cotton candy (a personal favorite). Its not that we really need these things for sustenance, but its just the joy they bring in the form of a refreshment. The apostle Paul had written a letter to a man in Colossae named Philemon. Apparently, during Paul's ministry in Ephesus, Philemon had heard the gospel and was saved. If we read the short letter we will find that he opened his home for others believers and actually established a church there. While Paul was in prison, he heard about Philemon's love and faith, and was encouraged that someone that he had helped lead to Christ was sharing his faith with others. Nothing could have pleased him more than to know of Philemon's love for Jesus and all the saints... The thing that actually caught my attention in today's passage is the part about the refreshments... "because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints..." How great it would be for us to have more refreshing people like this in our lives... I'll take it one step farther... How great would it be if we were the ones doing the refreshing? Take a moment today to encourage someone, speak kindly to them, compliment them and thank them for what they do. The world could use a few more refreshment stands...

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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