Onesiphorus-True Friend

Tom Bartha

READ : 2 Timothy 1:15-18
2 Timothy 4:19

The jail cell was cold, damp and dark. Paul was chained to a wall like a common criminal. Days stretched on endlessly. At least he could write letters. In so doing Paul mentions his friend, Onesiphorus, in his greeting. You can almost see Paul’s face brighten. Onesiphorus was a friend in every sense of the word. He stuck by Paul when others deserted him. At great risk to himself, he visited Paul in prison. It took some doing on Onesiphorus’ part to track Paul down. A true friend, his visits refreshed and encouraged the apostle, not forgotten after all. There is every reason to believe that Onesiphorus’ solid friendship gave Paul the courage and stamina to continue being a strong voice in the growth of the church.

Our Christian faith celebrates friendship. “No longer do I call you servant,” Jesus said, “but I have called you friends.” Or we sing, “I’ve found a friend, O such a friend! He loved me ere I knew him.” Today, pause to recall with appreciation the friendships God has given you to enrich your life and faith.


Lord, thank you for those you send into our lives to walk with us, know us, accept us, and love us. It is our privilege to befriend others also. Amen.