v 19 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila and those living in the household of Onesiphorus.
I find these little snatches of information at the end of Paul’s letters utterly fascinating. It seems that he stayed in touch with a great army of Christian believers – in so far as that was possible in those days. No telephones, no email, not even a regular mail service, so staying in touch was hardly straightforward. Paul had lived and worked with Priscilla and Aquila when he was in Corinth (Read Acts 18), so he stayed in touch. Onesiphorus may well have come from that area, but suffice to say that the bond between him and Paul was so strong that he went to Rome looking for Paul who was in prison there, ( May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains. When he came to Rome, he searched everywhere until he found me. 2 Timothy 1:16 &17)
What a blessing to have good friends like that! And what a blessing you can be as a good friend. It is worth taking friendship seriously: So perhaps today make a special point of expressing your friendship to somebody. It is more than a ‘Church Duty’ to enjoy and express such friendship.
In this space below, for your eyes only, write the names of those whom you regard as special friends. Be in contact with them today, and pray for them.