Faith Filled Friends

"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."

Galatians 6:2

Everybody can use a good friend. Dinah Craik wrote a poem titled Friendship that goes like this: “O, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words - but pouring them right out - just as they are - chaff and grain together - Certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them - Keep what is worth keeping - And with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” God created us for friendship with Himself and with one another too. The best kind of friends you and I can have are “Faith Filled Friends”. The kind we read about in Mark chapter 2.

Beginning in Mark chapter 2 verse 1 we read, “And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 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. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

Just think of the possibilities you and I have today. We can carry or friends to God in prayer and they can be healed. Our friends need faith filled friends. I wonder how many times God has granted the desire of our own heart for the simple fact we have had a faith filled friend who prayed for us when maybe we were too sick, or tired, frustrated or just too depressed to pray and it was their faith that Jesus saw and responded? Thank God for faith filled friends today! Just a reminder that you and I can be faith filled friends today as we bring those we love to Jesus in prayer. What an awesome privilege it is to be the catalyst God uses to bring healing to our friends!  I’m praying for you!


Michael Osthimer




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