“…then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying…” 

Mark 2:3-4 (NKJV)

In our opening text the Bible told us the story of a paralytic who was brought to Jesus to receive his healing. But when they came, they could not have access to Jesus because the crowd was too much. Therefore, they took the man and went up the roof of the house where Jesus was preaching. They opened the roof and lowered the paralytic man through the opening so Jesus could see the man. And guess what, when Jesus saw the extent to which they went, Jesus said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you” “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house”. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God…” Mark 2:5, 11-12 (NKJV). The paralytic received his healing because he had good friends who were willing to go the extra mile for him. Although the Bible did not expressly say that the men who carried him were his friends, if you study the story closely you will understand that those men could have been his friends to be willing to go to the extra mile for him and in the end, he received his healing. This kind of friendship is what God wants us to keep with people.

So I ask you, what kind of a friend are you? Are you a friend who is willing to go the extra mile for your friends? Are you a friend who is willing to go all out just to make your friends meet Jesus? Are you a friend who is concerned about the salvation and the spiritual growth of your friends? Today you find that too many of God’s people no longer understand what true friendship really is. In fact many no longer have value for friendship, they treat relationships anyhow and are not always willing to make sacrifices for friendship, but today God is giving us a new perspective of how friendship should be like. God wants you to be a friend indeed in a time of need. It is true that having too many friends sometimes can go a long way to influence us negatively or even harm us. But we should be ready to go all out for the few we call our friends. You should be ready to always tell them about Jesus and His importance in their lives. Because in the long run, that is what true friendship is all about. So be encouraged today to go the extra mile for your friends, especially when it is something within your capacity. Tell them about Jesus and always make sure they go to church with you. Praise God!


Be a friend indeed in the time of need!


Thank you, Heavenly Father, for revealing to me the importance of friendship and my role in friendship. Henceforth, I will fulfill my responsibility properly in all my relationships. I will go the extra mile and be the true friend that God wants me to be with my friends in the name of Jesus. Amen!

Categories: September 2018


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