Proverbs 19:6 Dissected & Defined
Many will intreat (to make an earnest petition or request) the favour (kind regard) of the prince (leader): and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
Solomon knows what he is talking about. He was the prince under King David. I am sure he remembers the many people who would come to him and ask for great favors. The power of leadership to meet the needs of the people is a responsibility that must never be taken lightly. It is not only a privilege, but at times it is a most difficult responsibility.
Of course, when you say yes to the needs of the people, you are their hero and friend. Unfortunately, when you are unable to meet their need or perceived need, you become much less popular. Only leaders who give the gifts get the friends! This pressure has led many a leader to unnecessarily shower those who claim to be needy with gifts of favor for the gratitude of a friendship. This ought not to be.
There is a Prince that oversees a most valuable commodity. Everybody wants this wonderful gift, but few possess it, much less express it. It is the commodity of “peace.” This Prince of Peace controls “our freedom from fear in our mind, will, and emotions.”
He has given this wonderful gift of peace to all of His friends and has stored it underneath our dormant personal relationships. When we need that peace, it is there for the asking. But before we can have it, we must first be that friend. Many want the peace before they will give their friendship, but that is not how this Prince works. Build the relationship, get the rewards of His fruit.