My grandfather once told me that you could count your “true” friends on one hand…and possibly have fingers left over.
He may be right.
How many true friends do we have? Those that we can count on during the truly hard times. Those that will put everything else aside and focus on our needs.
I was studying Mark chapter 2 earlier this week. It contained an interesting story about friendship.
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2: 1-5
It’s an incredible scene. There was a paralyzed man who had four friends who cared about him so much- they carried him to see Jesus. And when they couldn’t get their paralyzed friend near Jesus, they dug a hole in the roof above Jesus and lowered him down.
Now that’s friendship.
We’ve got many examples of how to be a true friend in the Bible.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:12
My prayer this week is that I become aware of ways that I can serve others. I am often preoccupied with my own challenges and obstacles, and I don’t take the time to minister to others in need of friendship. I pray that God helps me with this…and that I can be an encouragement to others.
And please let me know how I may pray for you.