Refreshment From Reflection And Fellowship

“But I exhort you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with [Greek: sunagōnizomai] me in [your] prayers to God on my behalf, that I be delivered from the unbelieving ones in Judea, and that my ministry, which is to Jerusalem, may be acceptable to the saints, that [I may] come to you in joy through [the] will of God, and that I may be refreshed with you. And the God of peace [be] with all of you. Amen” (Romans 15:30-33; emphasis mine).

From Robert Haldane’s commentary (not a promotion of Haldane as a true Christian; I think his comments on Romans 15:32 are put quite well):

“The word [“refreshed”–CD] literally signifies to recline together in order to mutual rest, and, in a secondary sense, to be refreshed together after fatigue. Here it beautifully expresses that mutual comfort and refreshment which believers, amidst their toils, and dangers, and troubles in the world, enjoy in speaking together of the things of Christ. To reflect on the word of God gives great refreshment, but to reflect on this in company with other Christians is the most heavenly exercise…From this we see that the Apostle had, like other believers, the same need of refreshment from reflection on the word of God, and from intercourse with the brethren. Paul is not ashamed to speak of the refreshment which he expected from the company of the Roman Christians, as well as of that which they should receive from his company” (Haldane).

In prayer strenuously strive. Reflect and refresh. For the brethren we lay down our lives.

“Do not marvel, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brothers. The [one] not loving the brother remains in death. Everyone hating the brother is a murderer, and you know that every murderer does not have everlasting life abiding in him. By this we have known the love [of God,] because that [One] laid down His life for us; and on behalf of the brothers we ought to lay down [our] lives. Whoever has the means of life of the world, and sees his brother having need, and shuts up his heart [of compassion] from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word, or in tongue, but in deed and in truth…And this is His commandment, that we should believe the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as He gave command to us” (1 John 3:13-18, 23).

“Then those fearing Jehovah spoke together, [each] man to his neighbor. And Jehovah gave attention and heard. And a Book of Remembrance was written before Him for those who feared Jehovah, and for those esteeming His name” (Malachi 3:16).