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Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.– Philemon 1:7

Paul was motivated by his relationship with Jesus. He considered himself His prisoner. Paul realized that this commitment impacted lives in practical ways. He and others had experienced this impact through the testimony of Philemon.

Paul described how others had been “refreshed” by Philemon’s actions. He used a Greek word that Jesus used when He said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Jesus can take away our burdens. He can refresh us and give us peace. As His followers, we, too, can have this impact.

Philemon’s life had this influence also. Through his example, he had helped relieve others of stress and worry and fostered the presence of peace and rest. He had been a positive role model, demonstrating how to apply Biblical principles.

His actions also were a blessing to Paul himself. Recognizing the impact of Philemon’s ministry, Paul had been encouraged. Believers are to have this kind of impact on others – the impact of lives totally committed to Jesus. What happens when we seek first the Kingdom of God and are fi