Saturday, July 30
Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker...
think about it.
Paul addresses this letter to a Christian named Philemon; what do you learn about Philemon from verses 1-7? How does Paul pray for this man (4-6)? When you pray for other Christians, what do you say? What are you doing to refresh the heart of another believer as Philemon did?
We're spending this weekend reading the tiny book (only 25 verses total) of Philemon. Paul is the author and he is writing to a wealthy Christian slave owner about one of his slaves, Onesimus, who has apparently run away and is now with Paul and has received Christ as his Savior.
Today we're only looking at the first seven verses of Philemon which is basically Paul's hello to his friend Philemon. Now we won't get to Onesimus (the reason for this letter) until tomorrow. But that's actually good because there are things for us to take in and consider right up front. The main thing that caught my attention today was how Paul recognizes and commends Philemon for being a "refresher" to other Christians. And, if you think about it, Paul is doing that same thing here to Philemon--refreshing and encouraging him through this letter.
So how does receiving refreshment from others impact you (or how has it)? How are you doing in the area of giving refreshment to others? Who can you support and encourage this weekend? Tami W.
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