Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | May 11, 2009

Seriously Good Friends

There are two things that intrigue me about the story of the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-11. The first, which will be the focus of today’s post, seems more obvious to me:   This man had some very determined friends.

In Mark 2, Jesus had just returned to his home in Capernaum, and His house was filled with so many people that there was not even room at the door. Four men (some seriously good friends) had carried a paralyzed man to Jesus’ house. When they found that they couldn’t get in the door, they didn’t give up…instead they were creative. They went up on the roof, made an opening, lifted the paralyzed man onto the roof and then lowered him down into the house in front of Jesus.

Can you imagine what must have gone through the paralyzed man’s mind? What must he have thought as his friends carried him to the house, climbed up the house to the roof, removed a part of the roof, lifted him to the roof, and finally lowered him down?

These men were showing loyalty, love, and determination for their friend, as well as demonstrating their faith that Jesus was the answer through their very actions.

Have you ever had a friend who would go through something like that for you?

Have you ever been that kind of a friend to someone else?

When friends lead each other to Jesus, they are demonstrating God’s love through their actions. And when you do this for others, your children also see you in action. Your children can learn how to become better friends through your example, just as we can learn through the four seriously good friends in Mark 2.

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