June 25, 2017: SOAP #2761: Joel 1-3; 2Timothy 1 Scripture:  2Timothy (NIV) 1:15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the [...]

June 25, 2017: SOAP #2761: Joel 1-3; 2Timothy 1

Scripture:  2Timothy (NIV) 1:15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.
18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.

Observation:   Every play has BOTH main characters and supporting characters.   Every church as BOTH leaders and followers.   Paul knew the value of loyal friends.   Onesiphorus had learned that Paul was in Rome and went to great effort to find him.   He did not let Paul's circumstances, being a prisoner, stop him from reaching out to Paul.   He found 'many ways,' various ways to minister to Paul.

Application:   Everyone does not need help in the same way.   I appreciate the 'many ways' people have helped me.   May they too find mercy in this life and in the next.   May the Lord supply the help they need as the Lord has used them to supply the help I needed.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, show me the 'many ways' I can be of help to others.   Use me to bless others as you have used others to bless me.  Amen            

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!