Good news travels faster today than ever before in history! Regardless of location friends and family instantly share the major events of their lives. Weddings, birthdays, special events to include graduations are all shared within a matter of seconds. Friends share recipes, inspiring quotes, photos and even secrets without the concern of the time it will take to do so. In a tight circle of friends, the right tight circle, good news should be shared to empower and inform.
Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
Mark 5:25-29 (NKJV)
When she heard about Jesus…(Mark 5:27)
Judging from the description of the woman in the text it is likely that she heard about Jesus from the women in her inner circle. The Levitical law in that time stated that anyone who touched her would have been considered unclean. The preceding fact further convinces me that only her “best” girl friends would have spent time in her presence.
My circle of friends empowered me during my time of affliction. No, they did not heal me, but I heard their words that spoke of Jesus as my healer! They told me He was powerful and had already defeated cancer! They told me that He would comfort me through the storm that had surrounded me. What I heard from my circle gave me strength to go to Him, to reach out to Him and to search for Him. So, I ran to Jesus and reached out to touch Him and He healed me too!
Who is in your circle? What are you hearing from them? Is it inspiring and affirming? Does it lead you to the One who has all the answers? Check your circle…only if it empowers you is it a true circle of love.