Archive for the ‘Philemon’ Category

Endorphins for a sad, weary world

February 12th, 2013 by Maureen

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people. Phil. 1:7

Love and kindness are powerful forces in the life of a community. When our brains release endorphins we feel good. Perhaps love and kindness work in a community a little bit like endorphins work in the brain. They spark a myriad of positive responses and good feelings when they are released.

Lord, make me loving and kind today.

Want to want to

November 9th, 2011 by Maureen

But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. Phil. 1:14

It’s often easier to do something good than it is to want to do it. Choosing to give and help out of love and authentic ethical response is different from choosing to do so because of guilt or coercion. Motive is as much a part of our responses as our behavior. When we don’t want to, wanting to want to is a start.

Lord, help me want to.

Giving and forgiving

September 29th, 2011 by Maureen

And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6

As recipients of God’s free grace and His ongoing provision, as believers in His endless resources and power, our response to others can be open-handed, open-hearted freedom to give and forgive. There is no need to be stingy with our resources or our hearts. They are God’s anyway. He will keep taking care of us as we take care of others.

Lord, put giving and forgiving into action in my life.

Refreshments will be served

May 9th, 2011 by Maureen

Your love has given me much love and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people. Philemon1:7

Words are vehicles that move love from one heart to another. Acts of kindness leave lingering reminders of that love. There are settings, like church, where we’re expected to be refreshingly kind, but it’s fun to serve up some loving refreshment to someone who doesn’t see it coming.

Lord, help me to be an unexpected refreshing moment in someone’s life today.