A few days ago, I wrote how David showed undeserved kindness to Mephibosheth when he brought him to eat at his table as one of his sons. That was a wonderful example of how God’s love for David and David’s love for Jonathan motivated him to show kindness in a situation when kindness was never expressed. Today, I want to look at a beautiful example how friends showed kindness to another friend who could not help himself. Please look up Mark 2:1-12.
Picture a man who was probably a quadriplegic and dependent upon everyone else for food, clothing, and shelter. He could not do anything himself; even to go to His Savior. His friends saw that Jesus could heal him and took him to where Jesus was teaching. The crowd was large, but they didn’t give up; they knew their friend needed Jesus. Instead they carried him to the roof of the house Jesus was in and lowered him down through the roof right at Jesus’ feet. Think on that for a moment; they cared for this man so much that they were not going to let anything get in the way of him experiencing a moment with Jesus. To me, this is the ultimate act of kindness!
We have all been there, haven’t we? Something in our life had us spiritually paralyzed. I know with all certainty that when I was in that moment, I had a friend that was praying for me. She picked me up and put me at the feet of Jesus because I needed Him. I want to remind you that the ultimate kindness we can show a person is to bring them to the feet of Jesus. There is nothing better in this life than knowing our Savior and experiencing His love! This can either be a friend that doesn’t know Christ, or perhaps a friend that is feeling paralyzed in their walk with Him. The best thing we can do for our friends is to bring them to Jesus. Look what Jesus did for the man; He forgave and healed. Oh that everyone could know His forgiveness and healing!
Please go to 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. We are Christ’s ambassadors! We no longer regard the people around us the way we did before we knew Christ; we now view them with God’s eyes. We can and should bring people to Christ’s feet and show them His love and kindness. We are compelled by Christ’s love to bring people to Him. Look at verse 14, "For Christ's love compels us..." This weekend, my pastor explained in the service that the word translated as “compels” in verse 14 is difficult to translate and that some scholars believe it means “controls.” Wow! We need to let Christ’s love control our vision and actions toward others.
Are you lifting up your friends in prayer? Are controlled by Christ's love and bringing your friends to Jesus?