Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. – John 15:2 ESV
Like a good parent, God does not want there to be anything in our lives that will prevent the growth and fruit He desires of us. So He’ll remove certain relationships, habits, or opportunities from our lives. When this happens, God is pruning us. Pruning is the gardening technique where a gardener removes useless stubs and shoots from a plant so it can produce more fruit. In John 15:2 Jesus lets us know God does the same thing to us.
I wonder how many things we complain about that are actually God growing us and stretching us to be the women we’ve been called to be? Maybe the challenges we are facing are not because God is mad at us but that He’s using certain undesired situations and relationships to grow us for our good and His glory. When it comes to pruning I want to encourage you with this truth: the process can be painful, but the outcome is always fruitful.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for growing me to live a fruitful life. I pray for the correct perspective during pruning seasons to trust You through the process. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.
Have you have ever been through a pruning season that you are currently enjoying the fruit from today?
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