2 Timothy 1:16, The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus, for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chains.
The Apostle Paul is an old man. He is sitting in a prison cell. In just a few days, possibly a few weeks, Paul will be executed for his faith. Many have turned away from Paul [2 Timothy 1:15]. No doubt, Paul is going through some discouragement, some pain, and suffering. Yet, there is at least one man, a man named Onesiphorus, who not only has “stuck by” Paul, but has been used to be a source of encouragement and refreshing to Paul.
In a day when everyone is so busy. In a day when everyone has there own personal opinion (and because of social networking they can share it), their own agenda, and relationships just seem to be getting more shallow with each passing day, this is a good reminder to all of us.
This is a reminder to be a friend to your friends and be a source of encouragement, strength, and refreshment to all, especially to those who are “going through the ringer.” Brother Tomlinson quoted a former pastor of mine yesterday in our annual Team Worker’s Sessions. He used to say, “Be good to everyone because everyone is having a rough time.” This is so true!
I don’t know about you but I desire to be a blessing to all (fall short of that daily), but I especially want to be a blessing to those who are hurting and are in a bind today. And I am sure you do too. Why not ask God to help you to find someone today you can be a blessing to–someone you can encourage and refresh!
Just taking a few moments to reflect!