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” I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful,” John 15:1-2.
The pruning process for a tree is necessary for two reasons. 1. To cut off dead limbs, and 2. to stop branches from rubbing against each other. As a follower of Christ, I am constantly being pruned into his image and likeness. God’s word is so sharp, that it cuts off the branches that aren’t producing fruit, and it prunes one’s that can produce an abundant amount of fruit. The pruning process occurs in our daily walk, but during those seasons when the emotional pain ( maybe even physical), seems to consume our life, that’s when we start to question the necessity behind it.
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies,” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10. God allows us to be put through trials so we can lean on him, but we must realize that they aren’t meant to break us, but to build us up. Whenever I feel as if I orbiting a certain sin for a long period of time, I realize that I’m resisting the pruning process that God wants me to go through because I’m afraid of how painful it will be. But after reading this verse from Corinthians, I’ve come to realize that the pruning process is how God gets glorified in our lives. This is an area in my walk that I’m going to need to work on granting myself permission for. It’s part of being a christian and picking up our cross daily as ambassadors for Christ, but remember it’s a process!