Posted by: Pure Glory | 05/14/2014

God Our Gardener Prunes Us

imagesby Hazel Straub

God is our gardener and prunes us in the proper season. A person may be pruned when dormant and after the coldest part of winter has passed. Sometimes in the midst of the summer, it is clear what branches are defective so they get removed. Other branches need pruning to correct their growth. Sometimes branches get pruned immediately, after the flowers fade in the spring so that they will become more productive.  A sharp instrument quickly removes or prunes the branch. A master gardener knows when and where to prune, for much fruit.

We, as branches attached to the vine, Jesus, do not always enjoy the pruning process. We would like to stay the same, but the gardener decides what needs removal so there will be a higher yield of fruit. Yielding, after an examination, makes the process quicker. You can cooperate with the process by letting destructive habits and toxic emotions go under the cutting shears. If this has been your time of pruning, rejoice because you will be much more productive in the new season.

“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The True Vine, and my Father is the vine dresser.
Every branch on me not yielding fruit he takes away, and that which yields fruit he purges that it may bring forth much fruit.” (John 15:1-2 ABIPE)

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  1. Nice post. When I know that I’ve gone through times of pruning, I’ve had my frustrations, but I think the biggest frustration has been with others who looked at me and said, ‘Hey look you’re missing things, surely something is wrong!’ Which raises, for me, the issue of how do we relate and / or care for those who are going through pruning?

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    • Nate, we all go through times of pruning. I think that it is a judgmental spirit that looks at someone and judges from pride and superiority. This spirit belittles what God is doing in someone else’s life. We have to be careful how we relate to others, because we may find ourselves being pruned next. Love, mercy and compassion go a long ways with others.

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  2. I don’t look forward to being pruned, but after it’s done, I am extremely thankful for it. Praise God that His pruning is always just what and when needed.

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    • Yes, God’s pruning helps us grow properly. Not fun but so necessary!

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