I’d simply be deceiving myself – and you, of course – if I denied the existence of friendship. Recently, there was a major trend on social media about the importance of having friends who can come to your aid financially when you need help. To some, this might even be the definition of ‘true’ friendship (those that don’t fill this shoe are clearly the ‘fake’ ones), but if there are different definitions of it, what then is friendship?
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 (NLT)
Have you ever come across people who can pull down obstacles just to ensure their friend gets a pathway through difficult situations? Well, I found the perfect example recently during a session. These men were phenomenal friends.
The crippled man had a serious situation that no one or nothing could change, yet he had been coping, surviving and moving on with his life until he heard Jesus was in his town. He couldn’t get himself there with his legs but his friends gave their arms, legs and initiative to ensure he got a chance to walk.
Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus.
Luke 5:18 (MSG)
 When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus.
 Impressed by their bold belief, he said, “Friend, I forgive your sins.”
 Without a moment’s hesitation, he did it–got up, took his blanket, and left for home, giving glory to God all the way.
Luke 5:19, 20, 25 (MSG)
The men in the crippled man’s life made the difference in his situation and life forever. What kind of friend are you? What kind of people do you surround yourself with? Can they weather the storm with you? Are they the right association?
It’s a new year. Move with a phenomenal squad that are like-minded and understand the principles of friendship.