It’s worth noting that Jesus first responded to the faith not of the paralysed man, but his friends. There is much to learn from their remarkable display of friendship and faith.

For starters, they took initiative and made real efforts to get their paralysed friend help. When you’re suffering, it can be hard to ask for help โ€” friends who compassionately act on your behalf can be such a blessing.ย ย 

They also humbled themselves and brought their friend to Jesus, instead of asking Him to come to them. They were undeterred by inconvenience and setbacks, and creatively navigated past obstacles to get their friend to Jesus.ย ย 

They gave their time, effort and did whatever it took so a paralysed man could lean on them for hope โ€” and go on to take a step of faith. Who can you be a friend to in this way?