“Refresh my heart in Christ”
“a prisoner for Christ Jesus” (verse 1).
He says to him
“brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ” (verse 20).
Paul asks Philemon to
“prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you” (verse 22).
Believers were very dependent on each other in those early days, this was true fellowship: there was a responsibility to “refresh” each other’s “heart in Christ”. Paul wrote this about Onesimus, an escaped slave; he had escaped from the ‘ownership’ of Philemon many years before.
Onesimus had come to believe in Christ after his escape and this had changed the situation completely. His name means “useful” and he had become very useful to Paul, who is now “an old man” (verse 9) and in prison. He writes,
“I appeal to you [Philemon] for my child Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment”.
What we particularly notice in this letter is how they prayed for one another. The message of Christ had now spread far and wide as a result of Paul’s efforts and of others such as Apollos. Prayer was an essential part of the life of believers. As our world disintegrates into more and more ungodliness – we wonder how great will be the need to “refresh” each other’s “hearts in Christ”. It could well be considerable.
Let us develop the spirit of genuine fellowship today as much as we can – and show it at every opportunity.
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