“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” John 15:1, NKJV.
Pruning means cutting off or back parts for better shape or more growth. Rich and healthy. When a tree or flower is pruned, it is being pruned for a greater purpose, bearing more fruit.
This is what God does with us. There are things in our lives that are unfruitful. Therefore, the Lord deals with us in those areas, not to harm us, but to bear more of the likeness of Him in us. The fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). If you are not bearing them, God is going to prune you.
He will cut away grudges, unforgiveness, laziness, impatience, fornication, rebellion, selfishness, pride, unfaithfulness, jealousy, and other sins that stagnant our growth. He will even allow and use circumstances to prune and get what is not producing off of you so for your journey ahead, you will bear good fruit. Fruit that blesses people. It may not feel good, but it is good for you. Pruning precedes growth. Pruning precedes power. Pruning precedes purpose.
Don’t be afraid of His pruning process. Your best is coming out of you. Be a man that yields and allows God to take you deeper and take you higher into the image of Jesus.
Prayer: Father, it doesn’t feel good, but prune me. Make this man more like You! Work on me to bear more good fruit for You. I desire the kind of fruit that blesses people. Fruit that brings you glory! Cut away any sin and anything that is not like You. I yield and rely on You, Jesus, to give me the strength to grow from what I’m going through. Thank You Holy Spirit for working in me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: John 15:1-8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, Galatians 5:16-23