For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
Philemon 1:7 (NIV)
For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
How many times do we quote verses from the book of Philemon? I never have. I honestly have read the book several times when I read the Bible in a Year programs; but I don’t think that verse ever spoke to me before. Two nights ago it did and I keep thinking about the word refreshed.
The word refresh in the Greek language, anapepautai, means “have been paused to rest.” In many of the versions of the New Testament, the word refreshed is used. The NAS, KJV, ESV, NIV, NLT, NKJV and many others.
The word rest means to relax, take it easy, take a break, and put your feet up. The word refresh in the English language means to revive, invigorate, enliven, rejuvenate, energize, restore, pep up, revitalize and recharge.
No matter the exact meaning over the years, I see the point: let’s be refreshers!
Simply refresh others. All day long, ask the Lord how you can encourage, refresh and build people up. If you are feeling a bit low, depressed or blahhhh, refreshing others will get your mind off you and onto others and your mood will be lifted up.
To look at the various ways verse 7 is translated, go here and select various versions to compare. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philemon%201:7&version=NASB
Father teach us all how to be refreshers for You. Use us to encourage and build others up.
Trusting in Him,