"Some Really Good Friends"

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By: Angela Parsley
“And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” Mark 2:5 (ESV)

Do you have good friends? I am talking about those friends who will move mountains for you. Do you have any of those in your life? Friendships are really important. They bring companionship and help us grow into who we are meant to be. The Bible tells us that two are better than one because they can help each other (Ecclesiastes 4:9).

Jesus met some friends like this (Read the story for yourself in the beginning of chapter two of the book of Mark). Essentially, these guys had a friend who was unable to move and therefore unable to go to Jesus himself. These friends decided to take him to see Jesus because perhaps Jesus would heal him.

The friends got to the home where Jesus was teaching, carrying their friend on a mat. However, there were so many people crowded around that they could not get into the house where Jesus was. So these great friends came up with a plan. They got their friend up on the roof of that house, removed some of the roofing and lowered their friend into the house. Jesus saw the crippled man, of course, who would not have seen a man coming in from the roof top?! He healed him, making it possible for him to get up and walk.

If these friends did not make the effort, this man would still be unable to move. Now, is that great friendship or what?!

Do you have a few friends who would step in for you like these friends did? Also, ask yourself this: Are you this kind of friend to others?

We are in those kinds of situations all the time. Sometimes we become paralyzed by fear and need a friend to inspire courage in us to move past our fear. Sometimes we need a friend to stand up for us when someone’s antagonizing us. Sometimes we need a friend to pray for us when we need healing or hope from God.

Whatever the situation, when we have another person there to encourage us, we are so much better off. Two are indeed better than one.

Prayer:
Father, please help me to be the friend that You have called me to be to others. Please also help me to recognize those friends in my life who are like the friends mentioned in this Scripture passage. Help me to be thankful for them. Lord, thank You for providing friends! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Resources:
Looking for a Bible study to do with your girlfriends? Contact us at RadRevolution@proverbs31.org for a FREE copy of Angela’s Bible study, Girl Power God’s Way.

Live It:
Make an intentional effort to see a need that someone has and come alongside them to help in that need. Use it to encourage them in Christ.
Talk About It:
Who are your good friends who would go the extra mile for you and with you?
Leave a comment below about a friend or a group of friends that you have like this. We would love to hear from you!

Power Verse:
Ecclesiates 4:10-12, “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (NIV)

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