Thursday, July 24, 2014

The godly are like trees that bear life-giving fruit, and those who save lives are wise.

Prov. 11:30  The godly are like trees that bear life-giving fruit, and those who save lives are wise.

You can easily tell who are godly.  Those who are really right with God stand out from those who are just the pretenders and those who are ungodly.  Godly people are alive.  Their faith is actively at work in them and it shows.  They ooze the life of the Spirit, producing life-giving fruit.  Their demeanor is different than most.  Godliness is seen in them both in public and in private.  The character of Christ is evidenced in how they interact with others.  Godly people are not into themselves; they are people orientated.  They show a real concern for the souls of others.

Wise are those who reach out to others and strive to lead them to Calvary and God’s throne room.  It is good for one’s soul to live to do God’s will, to go into the world in order to make disciples.  It is good to help others find their way to saving faith.  It is good for God’s children to strive to stunt the growth of hell’s population. 

Wisdom characterizes the godly.  Therefore, it behooves us to do all we can to be a godly people.  It takes a lot of determination, perseverance, trust and effort on our part.  We must keep doing the things that help us to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord.  We produce life-giving fruit in direct proportion to the effort we put into being a holy people.

Life-giving fruit is what pleases God.  It is why we are saved by His grace.  We are not saved just for ourselves.  The Lord chooses us to live for Him.  He chooses us to make a difference in the world, bring to it redeeming grace.  If you are a child of God, you will produce life-giving fruit for the glory of Christ.

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