Proverbs 28:19-21 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
Isn’t it great to have a friend? Someone you know that you can trust and rely on.
Everyone wants to be liked. Everyone wants to be admired for who he or she is. In our world today, you see people everywhere doing whatever it takes to be liked. It happens in the schools. Teens will compromise their principles simply to fit in with the groups. It happens in the work force. Employers are asking more of employees and giving back less. However, we do it because we want to be liked, accepted, and we want to succeed. It may even seem if you do not do as others ask, then the supposed friendship is over. Why is it over? It is over because if we do not do what is expected someone else will, and he or she then appears to be his or her best friend.
The Bible warns us about this attitude. “For a piece of bread,” a friend will leave you. That friendship was not based on love or respect, but on selfishness. The world we live in today does not think of what they can do for you, but rather, what will you do for them. A mindset of, if what is happening around me today does not benefit me, I am out of here.
God’s Word tells us that we as Christians are to do just the opposite. It is not about what can I get, but what can I give. The Bible does not say go find people to love you, but rather, go and love your neighbor. Jesus said that He did not come to earth to be ministered to, but instead to minister to others. We need not spend so much time trying to please man, better still, just be a good friend. Please God with all you do, and you will have a real friend for all eternity.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
If we are going to be more Christ like, we are going to have to get our eyes off self and back on the Saviour. In Luke 9:48 Jesus held a child and said, “he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” This world needs a friend. A real friend. Be the best of friends and introduce them to an eternal friend, one who will never forsake them, Jesus.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Romans 1 – 4 / Proverbs 28:19-21
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Ezekiel 24-27 / James 4
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