“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” — John 15:2

Andrew Murray says in speaking of the vine, “Of all plants, not one needs the pruning knife so unsparingly and so unceasingly. None is so dependent on cultivation and training, but with this none yields a richer reward to the husbandman.”

In the natural we know that when the weak, diseased branches are pruned they grow back stronger. Some branches may be growing in the wrong direction and are some what detached from the vine. They need pruning to grow back tightly connected to the vine.

Once the pruning process is complete the branch is stronger as it grows back. It is now in a position to bear much fruit. We note that the most heavily laden branches bow the lowest down. What a picture of our spirits before the Lord. We bow low after we have been through the pruning, seen the benefits of the pruning we endured, and see the fruit that is coming forth as we reach out to the world around us.

© Peggy Park

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