“This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.”2 Timothy 1:15-18
Paul is teaching his son in the faith Timothy how to deal with, dealing with people. We all have those people who have disappointed us, who annoy us, and some who have done us wrong. It is easy to spend much of our time steaming about the people who have failed us to the neglect of the people who have blessed us.
Paul did not deny the fact that the people of church in Asia had broken his heart. He also named two people who he held responsible: Phygellus and Hermogenes. Paul had tried to be a blessing to these people but his efforts ended in great disappointment.
He gives us one sentence describing his disappointment but then follows it with three sentences describing Onesiphorus, a man who had been a great supporter and blessing to Paul. Onesiphorus was the kind of person who was refreshing to be around. He loved Paul for who he was. He went out of his way to be an encouragement. He ministered to the minister (Paul).
The lesson here is: it is easy to spend our time aggravated with the people who have disappointed and failed us. Satan wants your thoughts to be consumed with bitterness and un-forgiveness. God wants you to take a minute and thank him for the people in your life who have been a help and blessing. Thank God for an Onesiphorus in your life and you will be blessed!