Proverbs 29:5-7 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice. The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
If you want a test that will help you know who your real friends are, tell them you are broke. The wealthy seem always to have friends around. People clamor over them like dogs around a dinner table hoping that a little something might fall off to them. However, ask yourself, are these real friends?
How would you like to live your life wondering if the people who say they are your friends really are or not? Wondering if they really like you or do they like what you might be able to give them. It does not have to be money. It might be that you have a talent and the only time these so-called friends ever come around is when they need use of that talent. It may be that you own an object they like to use, and the only two times you see them is when they come to borrow it, and then again, when you have to go get it from them because they forgot to return it.
Often it is what you have that really has the friends. In the case of the wealthy, the money has friends. It is not the wealthy person, but their wealth that these people enjoy. Money will cause some people to be deceivers and false friends. Nevertheless, they always seem to be found out eventually. You cannot keep up a fake friendship forever.
Those consider financially poor are far richer than the wealthy. Let me explain. The wealthy may have only a couple of real friends, but they do not know who they are in the crowd of imposters. They are socially bankrupt. The poor financially may have only a couple of friends, but they really know them. Ask yourself, who then is wealthy and who is poor?
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
When looking for friends in this world, look to see why they are there. If you start out buying your friends time, when you run out of money, you will run out of friends. Jesus will always be your friend. He just wants to be with you and wants you to be with Him. Forever, for free.
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