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"Wealth makes many friends . . ."

  Proverbs 19:4

 

 

   
"Wealth makes many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend," wrote Solomon the king.

Generally speaking, those who have money are surrounded by would-be friends. The rich attract the attention of many people just as the queen bee attracts the attention of the swarm. People like to be associated with the wealthy. Perhaps they hope that some benefit will accrue to them just by virtue of being known as a riend or acquaintance of the rich person; or that the rich person will take a special liking to them and share his wealth with them during his life or after his death. At any rate, for one reason or another, the wealthy have many well-wishers. Matters stand otherwise with the poor individual. Though he is in greater need of friends than the rich, there are few who pay any attention to him. His neighbor or relative sees no hope of boosting his own wealth or self-importance in condescending to befriend him. So the poor man is left to himself. While this is characteristic of the normal state of affairs, it does not describe the attitude or behavior of Jesus Christ. Two of the many features of the Lord Jesus which captivate the hearts of those who love Him are that He does not chase the rich and He does not ignore the poor. Wealth may have the power to allure men, but it does not alure the man Christ Jesus. Poerty may have the tendency to repel men, but it does not repel the God-man Let not the rich person rejoice in the number of his friends. If he does not have Jesus Christ as a friend, he has, in comparison, no friend worth having. And let not the poor man grieve over the scarcity of his friends, for is he has Jesus Christ as his friend, he has a friend indeed. "Listen, my beloved brethren: has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that nobel name by which you are called?"

"He who despises his neighbor sins: but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he."
   

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