The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and one who is wise gains souls.
A righteous person does not always know they are righteous, and a wise person does not know they are wise. They are just living their life. But Proverbs 11:30 says a righteous person is a tree of life and their wisdom gains souls. The tree isn’t on earth anymore and has not been since Adam and Eve were forced out of the garden of Eden. The tree of life appears in the book of Revelation, and its healing power for those who live for the Lord, and the fruit and leaves of the tree are rewarded to them.
Genesis 3:22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out with his hand, and take fruit also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—23, therefore, the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden, He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword, which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
I do not celebrate Christmas, and I’m pretty sure Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. Still, one of my favorite films is, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” But if any person is a tree of life for many and righteous the main character of the film, George Bailey is the most remembered. His father owns a business called Bailey Building & Loan. George has big plans to leave his little town of Bedford Falls, NY. He wants to travel the world, go to college, and leave his crazy small town. George Bailey’s father dies of a stroke, and no one can really run his father’s business as well as George. So, he postpones his dreams to do his father’s work. Life happens as George runs his father’s business. He marries a girl who has always had a crush on him, and they have children. Life seems okay for Mr. Bailey, but during the Christmas holiday, George’s uncle, who also works for the Bailey Building & Loan, loses $8,000, which he was supposed to deposit. George finds out, and suddenly, he feels his life is meaningless, and he wants to commit suicide. A guardian angel stops him and later grants him the wish that he never existed. As he goes to Bedford Falls, he is now called Potterville; the rich, greedy man of Bedford Falls now owns it. The crazy sweet little town was now wild, full of clubs. Many people George had helped in his life when he existed were homeless bums or not living. His wife, never married, and now an insecure old maid and his children were never born. He begs God to give him his life back. He would gladly live a horrible life, then no life at all. He runs home, to see if everything is back to normal. George hugs and kisses his wife and kids, and Mary, his wife, says she has great news. But then most Bedford Falls hear of George’s troubles, come to his house. Most Bedford Falls tell George that without you and your father’s business, most of us would not have a home, so they give him. George ends up with more money than he had lost and learned that many love him and are grateful for him the man who is. Brothers and sisters, we may not know we are wise or righteous, so we need to encourage one another with wisdom and love, so we all can be merry, always. Amen! God bless you all; the Lord Jesus loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel H.