“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who wins souls is wise.” – Proverbs 11:30
Have you had the experience of being around people who are so loving and giving that it’s so easy to bask in that love and to love them back?
It is truly good to be blessed by people with such a way of life, and even better to then seek to pass on that blessing as a legacy.
I feel this is similar to what this proverb is getting at, that the life and deeds of a righteous person are an ever overflowing resource for others.
For me, the idea of a tree of life here hearkens back to the tree in the garden of Eden, and how it was never eaten of. The tree of life here, though, is an accessible and abundant source of blessing.
When one lives in such a way, in living by God’s Word every day with love and godliness, people around them are blessed, and there is much growth of character.
The faithful might never realise how many people they’ve helped to grow closer to God. The goal then is not to count one’s friends as any sort of measure, but to seek godliness by reading God’s word and living by it.
People can be drawn to a righteous person, and it is the role of the godly person to then lead them to God with all eagerness.
This is a very evangelistic message for God’s people, Israel, to bring in many who might be searching for God, and to teach them in all things.
Now, what can we learn as Christians?
All goodness comes from God, and we cannot rely on our efforts to become righteous; it’s all reliant on God’s good pleasure and mercy. The aim for the Christian is to become mature in Christ, who makes it possible for us to become holy. Ephesians has a great passage about growing in Christ (Ephesians 4:7-16).
As servants of the gospel, we ought to be seeking out people to tell of the great gift of Jesus offered to sinners all across the world! May we be wise in this. Amen.
-Thanks for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)
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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.
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