“The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.” (Pro 14:20)
Friends are a good thing. I am a social being, and I enjoy others’ company and meeting with friends. But are we selective in our friendships? Do we exclude the less fortunate or those who have some social stigma?
Alternatively, do we pursue friendships with people who are of influence or standing so we can gain some respect? We may even do so without realizing our true motivations.
Jesus was called a sinner because He associated with the wrong kind of people. He is our example, and we would do well to emulate Him even if we receive the same tarnished reputation.
Quick Prayer: Give me wisdom in friendships. Amen.