Book: Proverbs 11
“The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.”
It is that time of year that I start to plant some seeds inside so that they are ready to be transplanted outdoors when the weather warms up. It is an exciting time for me to anticipate these little seeds that will sprout and grow into healthy plants providing vegetables for our family. I enjoy watching these seeds grow because of what they will provide months down the road.
This proverb also anticipates the results of ‘good deed seeds’ being planted and that is friendships will be developed. I can’t imagine a friendship developing between two people constantly doing mean things and hurting each other. But if a person does kind things for others, soon they will have many friends.
I have talked with some lonely people who desire to have friends. When I question them on who they have reached out to by doing something nice they look back with a blank look. Their expectation sometimes has been that others will come to them and do nice things for them first. This proverb speaks of the opposite approach. We are to plant (do) good deeds (give of ourselves) which will result in good friendships (win friends).
Consider what God did for you and me: “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”(Romans 5:8). We did not deserve for God to do this for us but He took action (good deed) so that we could be His friend. It produces a tree of life to those who receive His gift.
God, being all wise, demonstrated the truth of this proverb. Those who are wise will follow His wise example.
Take time to consider how you are planting seeds of righteousness in others who may not be deserving. Who are the people you know that God is laying on your heart to plant seeds of righteousness that will bring life to them? Are you willing to win them over for Jesus?