Emotionally Refreshed

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
sad_man.jpgYou know the feeling. Drained. Empty. Maybe even sad or frustrated or tired.
You have nothing left to give. The output has exceeded the input. Now your spiritual account is in the negative.
You need a friend. Not just any friend. You need a person through whose mediation you are reconnected to “every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 6, ESV).
Such a friend’s words drip with grace like honey from the comb.
Every act is a sweet-smelling sacrifice that mirrors the Lord wrapped in a towel.
His eyes embrace you with concern and reaffirmation and steel your soul for tomorrow.
You know people like that. And when the tank runs dry, you need to get under their wing.
Philemon was one of those friends. Paul said that “the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you” (verse 7).
“Hearts” is literally the bowels. The ancients thought of the kidneys and bowels as the seat of the emotions, just as we think of the heart.
Paul says that God’s faithful ones had been emotionally refreshed by Philemon. He praised this precious brother for his ability to charge up his fellow saints. He thanked God for a man the Lord used to shore up the emotionally drained.
Paul needed such people — and he asked Philemon to let his slave Onesimus stand in for him.
We all need friends like that.
And, once we have been restored and recharged, we have friends who silently wait to be emotionally refreshed.

2 Replies to “Emotionally Refreshed”

  1. Even though I don’t know him personally, there is this person who writes exceptional articles and poems that always refresh and recharge. His name is Randal Matheny.

  2. My wife of 40 years has been and remains to be such an one. She has stood by me and with me as an helpmate and preacher’s wife and truly been “the wind beneath my wings” as a popular song expresses. This and she has been a mother to our four children; who are now grown and have children of their own. Her price is far above rubies and I arise and call her blessed. She is my greatest asset! She is best described by the wise man in Proverbs 31:10ff. Thank you Leona!

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