Loyal to the End

Loyal to the End

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

Paul had established churches and brought salvation, healing, and teaching to countless people. Yet as he approached the end of his life, he felt abandoned and alone, abandoned by many of those who had been blessed by his ministry.

He particularly was hurt by the actions of Phygelus and Hermogenes, who had “turned away from” him. In contrast, we see the support provided by Onesiphorus, the man who came to mean so much to Paul. He often had “refreshed” Paul. The Greek word, used here for the only time in the Bible, suggests providing something cool on a hot day.

How grateful Paul was for Onesiphorus, who had helped him as he went through trials and difficulties. He helped because he was not “ashamed” of the chains that shackled Paul.

Others may not have wanted to be associated with Paul. But Onesiphorus “eagerly searched for [Paul] and found” him in Rome. He always was loyal, not just when things were pleasant, but when Paul was attacked and faced enemies and when there were risks to being his friend.

This is the kind of loyalty that God desires. The Bible tells us, “Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?” (Proverbs 20:6 NLT).

In your life, seek to be trustworthy and loyal, motivated by true Christian compassion, always ready to refresh others, always grateful and showing gratitude.