Themes in Proverbs: Fair-weather Friends

A true friend is someone we can count on no matter the circumstance. On the other hand, a fair-weather friend can only be counted on when the circumstances are just right. This is no new phenomenon. These types of friends are recorded by the writer of Proverbs.

Proverbs 19:6–7
6  Many will seek the favor of a generous man,
And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
7  All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his friends abandon him!
He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

 

The fair-weather friend, especially as it pertains to these verses, concern themselves with money and wealth. Our friendship should run deeper than the physical, material of this world. We should strive to love our brothers and sisters because God loves them and gave His Son to die for them! (John 3.16)

What can we learn from these verses?
1. Be a friend that is concerned more about a person’s soul than gifts or money. Be a committed friend. To many, friendships mean more than family ties. You can have a positive role in the lives of your friends.
2. Get rid of people that are only around for the things you can provide them.