Many or few friends


We live in the age of Facebook, the most visited site on the Internet. There, people compete to see who has more friends. In the midst of this race, we need to hear an ancient counsel:

A person who has friends may be harmed by them,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18.24 NET

Casual friends abound, until the money runs out or some catastrophe falls on one’s head. Afterwards, they disappear quickly. “A poor person is disliked even by his neighbors, but those who love the rich are many” Proverbs 14.20. True, unselfish friends are few.

But many friends aren’t necessary, nor is it possible to have many. A single good friend is worth more than a thousand acquaintances. One version understand “sticks closer” as meaning “more faithful.”

Our Father, I am thankful for friends who share the same faith and show solidarity in my need. May I be a true friend.

Hold this thought: God gives us friends for mutual joy.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

1 thought on “Many or few friends

  1. “Few, and well-chosen,” was the preference of one George Washington. One of the best I ever had, I’ve never met – and distance and circumstance may well keep it that way till the end. But eternity is a long time, friend.

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