King James Version (KJV)
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Some times we as believers wonder why we are being tried by going through various trials. When we read in John 15 we get a glimpse of the on going eternal work that the Lord is doing in us. He says that every branch that brings forth fruit He purges it so that it will bring forth more fruit. (He is the vine, we are the branch). So if you are feeling like you are being cut a little, remember it is because He has better plans for you and wants you to bring forth more fruit. I remember as a young child talking to a grape farmer and he was telling me that late in the fall when they would go out in the fields to prune their grape vines that the farmers would trade . Rather than prune their own field they would prune their neighbors and the neighbor would prune theirs. The reason was, you would never cut your own vines back enough to produce the maximum amount of fruit that the vine is capable of producing. So God prunes us because he knows that we will never prune ourselves enough to be that person that He has created us to be. Another example is to look at the crape myrtles here and see how far back they prune them in February and then in in June they are producing branches that are three feet long with magnificent blooms. If you have ever had one of these in your yard and never pruned them you will see the difference of the pruned ones versus the non pruned ones. So if you are being pruned remember it is a good thing for it is proof that you are attached to the vine and you will be bringing forth more fruit with better quality in a short time. Now we know what the fruit is.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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In Him, Mike