Tonight, we had a wonderful couple over for some coffee and a chat. They are an amazing Godly husband and wife who love the Lord and each other. They realize that their marriage is about what God wants to do in and through them more than anything else. They were such and encouragement to us and we so enjoyed their company and perspective. In reading through just this one verse tonight, I was immediately struck by what Philemon meant to Paul; how even Philemon was an encouragement to him because of Philemon’s obedience and service of love to those around him.
We serve at our church with this lovely couple and knowing the impact they have had on our church body; this verse rang true for me as I ponder the love, obedience, service, and faithfulness of this couple on the community of believers at Canyon Hills.
7 For I have derived great joy and comfort and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints [who are your fellow Christians] have been cheered and refreshed through you, [my] brother. Philemon 1:7 [AMP]
These are the powerful relationships God has in store for us in each other as we walk through this land as foreigners. Through our citizenship in heaven, we connect with each other on a level that puts others above ourselves; seeking to serve our ultimate King.
First, I want to pour more into this budding relationship with this couple we spent time with tonight. We are close in age and have similar experiences in our families of girls. I want to find more ‘Brothers’ that can pour as much into and challenge me as I seek to come alongside and serve others.