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 is 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. 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. When goes to Bedford Falls, he is now called Potterville; the rich, greedy man of Bedford Falls now owns it. The crazy sweet, wholesome town of Bedford Falls was not Pottersville, full of bars, and adult entertainment. Many people George was involved with had poor meaningless lives or no lives at all. The woman who was his wife never met the man of her dreams she was an old maid, and his children were never born. When George finally felt crushed in his spirit, he begged God to restore his life. God answered George’s prayer. He runs through Bedford Falls yelling “Merry Christmas everybody,” He goes to his home, and embraces his wife and kids, with hugs and kisses. So happy with having his life, wife, and children back, George has forgotten about his money troubles. All of sudden, more of George’s family and friends show up, with money they give him to help him with his debt problems. They are happy and grateful to repay him George because they said, without him, they don’t know where they would be. They all begin singing the songs, “ Auld Lang Syne” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, rejoicing and celebrating the spirit of Christmas, the birth of Christ, and the kindness of George Bailey. You and I should always be at our Father God’s business, not for ourselves, but for others. The gift of the Lord’s love is not a once-a-year holiday event like Christmas but it is the commandment of love He wants us to give and share all the time. If you want your life to be merry and wonderful, be a tree of life for all people who are made in God’s image. Ask yourself this question: Are you at your Father God’s wonderful business, yes or no? God bless you all, Jesus the gift of love, blesses you and I love you. His bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself but must remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.