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Luke 5

Luke 5

Check out this passage: “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

- Check out this man’s friends!  What about their faith?  It was real enough, strong enough to put their Bro on a mat, carry him to where Jesus was, then somehow get him up on the roof and lower him down.  We all should purpose to surround ourselves with friends like this!  “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”‭‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭ Is that a description of your closest friends… is that the kind of friend you are?  If our relationship with Jesus is the #1 most important thing then friends that do anything other than push us closer to Him are not really friends.

- When Jesus sees this man, and their faith, He chooses to forgive his sins rather than heal him.  There is an unspoken statement here we need to pay attention to.  The friends loaded their friend up so he could be physically healed - they were concerned with the physical.  Jesus - first forgives his sin!  If only we were as concerned about our spiritual relationship with Jesus as we are our physical needs / comfort!  

Jesus paid the price for all sin - period!  He promises to be ENOUGH - period!  Through Him we can daily live and experience all of the “Fruit of the Spirit” -  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Think about it - we chase after so much the world offers in an effort to get these things.  No way to truly experience them when we push Him away.  He is the source!  No Jesus - No peace.  Know Jesus - Know Peace!  Get it?

Dig in!  Love you all!