After being away from home for a month it is always exciting to walk through the airport doors and see my family and friends who know me most.
Reference: v.15 The brothers there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Each year since 2005 I have spent a month in the Philippines. Through International Needs I have had the privilege of spending time with church planters and child sponsorship coordinators in this developing country. Each time I go there I come away with many fond memories and new precious friendships. However, after being away from home for a month it is always exciting to walk through the airport doors and see my family and friends who know me most.
Paul had gone through many great hardships up until this point. It was no surprise that when he was greeted by 'the brothers', people who knew his mission and understood his passion, that he was thankful and encouraged.
Application: We all have times when we need the love and support of loved ones. Where are you in this story? Are you like Paul needing some love and attention from those close to you who understand you? Or are you a potential 'brother' who is able to extend arms of friendship and show support to people around you who need you most? We all go through seasons of being on both sides of this story. The important thing is that we take note and realise that we are not a failure if we need support and also that just our very presence can be of assistance to someone in need.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for placing special people in our lives who look out for us and care for us. May we seek them out when we need encouragement and may we be a person of love for others. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.