I feel like I should feel ashamed that I do not have many “friends”. lol But I am not. When it comes to friends, I’ll take quality over quantity. I have found that to some, a friend is someone to “dump” your problems on as they have no intention of making any better decisions or changes. Others, especially believers, are looking for someone to “touch and agree” with them for what they desire without any regard for the Word of God. In either case, the truth is not only nonessential,, but often in direct opposition to the matter at hand. I am not one to box anyone in, but the old Carpenter’s adage is true: “Water finds its own level.”
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day. __Luke 5: 17-26
Today I want to remember a few good friends. Caring, compassionate, and persistent. No doubt they heard about Jesus, the healer. There is no accounting of the distance that they carried their bed-ridden friend. And they were not discouraged by the crowd. It may have even had an energizing effect on their faith for their friend’s healing . Not content to have just completed the attempt, they tore the tiles off the roof and lowered the lame man before the Son of God. The passage says that Jesus “saw their faith” and healing was released.
Generally, I am not curious, but ooh to hear the conversation of the few good friends as they walked together back home!