Devotional For December 11, 2023

For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬

Philemon 1:7 offers a glimpse into the heart of the Apostle Paul as he writes to Philemon, a dear friend and fellow believer. In this personal letter, Paul acknowledges and commends Philemon for being a source of joy and comfort to fellow believers.

This verse encourages us to reflect on the impact of our love and actions on the lives of those around us. Philemon’s love not only brought joy to Paul but also refreshed the hearts of fellow saints. It highlights the transformative power of genuine Christian love and hospitality. As followers of Christ, our interactions with others should be marked by kindness, encouragement, and a willingness to uplift the spirits of those we encounter.

Whether through acts of kindness, words of encouragement, or a welcoming spirit, we have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.


Lord, help me to be a vessel of Your love, bringing joy and refreshment to those I encounter. Let my actions and words reflect Your kindness and encouragement. Use me to uplift the hearts of fellow believers and to draw others closer to Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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