Thursday, April 16, 2009

Comfort One Another

Last night I was teaching from 2 Timothy Chapter one. This is the last will and testament of Paul to his son in the faith, Timothy. There is a verse that struck me as I read it. It is verse 16. When you first read verse 16 it appears as though this is one of those personal notations to Timothy. Paul hopes that Timothy will pass this on to those whom Paul is addressing. Listen to the verse, and you will see what I mean. "The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain." Paul begins with a personal reference of refreshing that he received, but pronounces a blessing on this man and his household. So what does all of this mean?

There are those who have crossed our paths that have refreshed us, and we must be faithful to refresh others with the comfort that we have received from the Lord. One other thing about refreshing others as you have received refreshing. God wants to send refreshing to His people and you are the channel of blessing.

Here is the challenge. Thank God for the comfort you have received recently, but ask God to help you to be the avenue of refreshing to someone else.

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