If you are one who’s relationships are built only around what you get out of it, and you put nothing into it to benefit the others – you will find yourself all alone. If you have few friends, ask yourself – do I contribute anything to others, or do I go to them only to fill up the void in myself? If this is the greater way it is with you – you are a very lonely person indeed. The others cannot pour enough into your void to fill you up. And after a while, they give up. They are drained, and have nothing to show for it. They flee in self-preservation. Verses 6-7 go on to add: “Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. All a poor man’s brothers hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but does not have them.” Proverbs 19:6–7 (ESV) The truth is, the wealthy and generous here do not have to possess material goods at all. They need only to have a generous spirit – a delight in blessing others, especially in Christ. Know well the riches which are yours in Him, and you’ll have much to contribute to others – and you will have the joy of many friends in the process.