The thing about righteousness is that it is not only beneficial to those who are righteous but it begins to affect the people around them as well. We have witnessed with Abraham and others, that when God blesses the righteous He does it so that they can share the blessings with others. In Proverbs 11:30 Solomon tells us that the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life – in other words it provides refreshing and sustenance to those around.
So who benefits from the lives of righteous people?
Proverbs 30 describe what the effects of a righteous wife are.
Proverbs 27:10 (NIV) 10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, and do not go to your brother's house when disaster strikes you-- better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Proverbs 11:12 (NIV) 12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
Proverbs 11:10-11 (NIV) 10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. 11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
Proverbs 14:34 (NIV) 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
“I occasionally hear people lamenting the state of the nation, but most of them fail to point out the main cause: The church collectively and believers individually aren't doing their job in spreading righteousness. If the righteous remnant were spreading more salt and light, there would be less decay and darkness (Matt. 5:13-16).
Christians have a job to do: praying for all in authority, winning the lost, living godly lives, and raising godly children.
And it would help if we humbled ourselves and sought God's face (2 Chron. 7:14); for apart from the deep working of God's Spirit in hearts, there is no hope for any nation.”