Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." Luke 5:18–20, NIV
Years ago, I faced a big struggle. At a time when my husband and I were “satisfactorily” but not happily married—we’d fallen into a familiar rut—a former boyfriend popped up on the Internet, stirring up old emotions that hadn’t been there in awhile. At first I was flattered, but worry quickly followed. I knew if my piqued emotions continued they could lead to wrong choices and broken promises.
When I felt weak, I turned to my friends. For a few weeks, I felt like the paralyzed man on the mat. Because of my past ties, I felt too weak to go to Jesus myself. My friends knew this. Throughout the day, I’d get e-mails with Scriptures or phone calls from those who wanted to pray for me. Their love and concern carried me to Jesus, but the best part came when I met Him in my weak state. Jesus, knowing my past choices and even my current, unhealthy emotions, forgave me. He wasn’t concerned I hadn’t gotten there all by myself. He was simply thankful I’d come.
I know now that when I’m facing a struggle I don’t want anyone to know about, that’s the time I need to seek support from the people God has brought into my life. It’s hard to admit weakness, but true friends are those willing to carry us when we’re too weak to take a first step.
FAITH STEP: Think of a private struggle you haven’t shared with your friends. Consider a way you can confess to them and ask them to help you find Jesus even in your weakness.
Contributed by Tricia Goyer
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