Have you been pruned lately?

thI love the spring/summer time when the flowers start blooming. It all looks so fresh and wonderful. It also reminds me of bearing flowers and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Those are more difficult to produce because they don’t follow the annual weather patterns. Being a Christian for 20 years doesn’t automatically mean you are fruitful. Jesus clearly mentions this in John 15:4, “Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” It always amazes me how flowers grow and develop when they weren’t even visible a month earlier. Some branches always develop multiple flowers and others not. We are the same way. When we abide in the vine, we get the nutrients to develop. The vine provides everything we need, we are just there willing to be used to produce fruit/flowers. Once we bear fruit, it is necessary for the Gardener to clip the dead-heads. By getting rid of old flowers, the branches are ready to bloom again. Being pruned in a blessing even though at the time getting clipped by sharp instruments may seem harsh and painful. If we weren’t pruned, we couldn’t grow the way the Gardener designed us to. Prune away, Gardener!

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