THE FRUIT OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN IS A TREE OF LIFE
Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, I have on my heart a special message today
that I would like to bring you. It is found in the
Word of God in Proverbs 11:30. I hope you will turn
with me to that verse.
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he
that winneth souls is wise." Let's translate that,
"The fruit of the righteous man is a tree of life and
he that taketh souls is wise." Or better, "He that is
wise takes lives (souls)."
We find two truths here. The verse divides itself into
two parts. The first part says, "The fruit of a
righteous man is a tree of life." That means that the
life of a man who is right with God is a blessing to
others. The second part says, "He that winneth souls
is wise." That tells us that the main business of the
believer who is right with God is to bring others to
know the Lord and walk with Him.
Now let's look at the first part. "The fruit of the
righteous man is a tree of life." The man that God
blesses will be fruitful in the life of other people.
A Righteous Man
Now what about this man who will be fruitful in other
people's lives? He is described as "a righteous" man.
Beloved, are we righteous men? This means to be right
in God's eyes; not in our own or other people's, but
in God's eyes.
There are two righteousnesses found in the Bible. One
is the Righteousness of Jesus which is GIVEN to us
when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. We have
nothing to do with that. It is given to us. That is
His Righteousness. Only HIS Righteousness is
acceptable in the eyes of God as far as salvation and
heaven are concerned. We are saved, not through our
own righteousness, but through the Righteousness of
But, my friends, after we are saved there is a
righteousness that God expects of us, a right-living
of our own that we are to be living from day to day.
We are to seek to be ...
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