The key to living wisely (Proverbs 11:30)
By Lynette Kittle
Today’s Bible Verse: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the wise saves lives” – Proverbs 11:30
We try to prove that we are wise in various ways. We get degrees, earn money, construct buildings, and accomplish awesome physical feats like climbing mountains and running marathons.
And yet, Proverbs 11:30 tells us God‘s perspective on how to live wisely, that is, to save lives. You might read this and think, easier said than done. So how are we going to live this principle?
Below are four ways to consider this proverb in your daily life.
1. Share our testimonial
Each of us who knows God has a story to tell. Whether dramatic or not, our testimony has the power to influence others to want to know God too. By sharing our experience of coming to Him as our Savior, hearts can be softened, touched, and turned to Him.
Likewise, in Luke 21:13, Jesus encourages each of us to share our testimony for others to hear. Sometimes we think everyone has heard of Jesus and how he came to save us, but many still haven’t heard what he died to give us.
2. Live our faith daily
Jesus understood how to live our faith in a practical way by being kind to those around us draws people to God. So much so that the apostle John ends his gospel by describing that there are not enough books in the whole world to contain all the good he did while walking the earth. (John 21:25)
Jesus teaches us not to underestimate how God can move hearts with our kindness. Often actions speak louder than words.
3. Talk about God
2 Timothy 4:2 urges us to be prepared and ready to tell others about God. “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, reprimand and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.
Yet when opportunities present themselves, how often do we spend talking to others about God, thinking it’s not the right place, time, or person to talk to, deciding before we even say a word? that they probably won’t be interested?
When talking about God to others, we don’t need to understand and understand everything before we speak, but trust God to guide us in what we should say (Proverbs 3:5).
When we feel unsafe or threatened talking with others, not knowing how they will react, we can ask God for boldness, as the apostles Peter and John prayed. “Now, Lord, consider their threats and allow your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4:29).
4. Be ready to help people change
People need to hear the truth, to receive instructions on how to make the right decisions in their lives, to be encouraged to trust God and to turn away from sinful behavior.
“Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from error from his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).
Even if we are not sure that others will respond or like what we have to say, it is important to tell them and let the Holy Spirit reveal the truth to them.
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, iBelieve.com, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, Startmarriageright.com, growthtrac.com, and more. She holds a Masters in Communication from Regent University and is an Associate Producer for Soul Check TV.
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