“I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.”–Philemon v. 20
“Portanto, irmão, eu lhe peço que me faça este favor no Senhor, e que assim me reanime o coração em Cristo.”-Filemom v. 20
How important is it to have a brother that can refresh us in Christ? I revere Paul’s honest letter to Philemon. He is appealing to Philemon’s heart. He could easily request for assistance based on a “repayment” relationship however Paul writes,
“I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.”–Philemon v. 14
“Mas não quis fazer nada sem a sua permissão, para que a sua bondade não venha a ser como que por obrigação, mas voluntária.”–Filemom v. 14
We must appeal to one another on the basis of Christ and nothing more. If we eliminate self-righteousness and use Jesus as our example then our relationships will be fruitful. Jesus’ love brought Paul to love Oneisimus and in turn Oneisimus was freed from slavery. What can our love do for another? If we forgive sin as Jesus did, then whose chains can we break? Human judgement only shackles us together, for we are all sinful.
“Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I appeal to you on the basis of love.”–Philemon v. 8
“Pois bem, ainda que eu sinta uma grande liberdade em Cristo para lhe ordenar o que convém, prefiro, contudo, pedir em nome do amor.”–Filemom v. 8
We are in love with Christ. Our creator would rather appeal to us on the basis of our hearts then force. He imagined how the universe would transpire. He set the galaxies in motion. He erected man from dust knowing full well that the intricacies of our heart would transcend our mind. God not only gave us his heart, he sewed the heart of Jesus into our very own. The blood of Christ courses through us, living water renews us, the salt of the earth sustains us.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses it’s saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”–Matthew 5:13
“Vocês são o sal da terra! Se o sal, porém, perde o seu sabor, como poderá voltar a ser salgado? Ele não presta para mais nada! É jogado fora e pisado pelos que passam!”–Mateus 5:13
However, we will not be trampled upon. Our actions will remain full of salt, saturated with life in a dead world.
“They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.”–John 17:16
“Eles não pertencem ao mundo, assim como eu também não pertenço ao mundo.”–João 17:16
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”–Romans 12:2
“Não sejam mais moldados por este mundo mas, pela nova maneira de vocês pensarem, vivam uma vida diferente. Então vão descobrir a vontade de Deus para vocês, isto é, o que é bom, agradável a Ele, e perfeito.”–Romanos 12:2