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FAITH OF A FRIEND: Love Goes The Extra Mile

Shamiel Gary
February 22, 2021

Luke 5: 18-20 KJV 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.

I am astonished by the faith of the bed ridden man’s friends. Wanting to see their companion healed, they carried him to meet Jesus, believing a simple touch by Him could change everything. Upon reaching their destination, they faced an obstacle. This obstacle left them with a choice. They could either give up, because of the multitudes blocking their way, or they could keep believing and continue walking the journey they started with their friend who needed them.

In life, there will be moments where you need people who believe in and go the extra mile for you. When I was in high school, I didn’t believe in myself. The voices around me said I wasn’t good enough and I believed them. Thankfully, on a blistering summer day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a man named Rashid drove by my house while I was working out in my front yard. He circled around and stepped out of his white truck to talk to me. He told me he saw something in me and believed in me. Before he left, he handed me his business card and told me he would train me for free. His faith and love for me inspired me to keep pushing forward.

It wasn’t the faith of the bed ridden man who was paralyzed that healed him; it was the faith of his friends who went the extra mile for him. You may be going through a moment in life that is causing you to doubt yourself or to lose your faith. Lean on your friends or family, on the unexpected but timely people God places in your life, who are willing to go the extra mile for you.

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