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Thought For Today: “God’s Pruning Process”
And every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit (John 15:2b)
We may think that there isn’t a whole lot of fruit on our branches, but God sees what we have and prunes us so that we can produce even more and greater fruit, that is, works through the gifts He has given to us for His glory.
Pruning is cutting back the branch so it can consolidate its efforts to produce fruit. To prune means, “to make clean.” Therefore, in the pruning process God forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness, or that which stops us from bearing fruit.
An integral part of God’s pruning process is done through the word.
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3)
Paul said that Christ makes us holy through the washing of the water of His word (Ephesians 5:26-27). It is through His word that we’ll continue to be pruned and progress spiritually as we’re attached to Jesus as branches are attached to the vine.
Therefore, let’s submit to God’s pruning process, even though at the present it may seem unpleasant, because it is producing something greater in our future for God’s kingdom.
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