Margin notes for 4/20/2KX

Proverbs 19:4 (ESV) Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.

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.

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