I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
- John 15:1-2
Coming up on the spring season, has flowers dancing in my mind.
For gardeners this means pruning most trees, vines, and cleaning up their tillage.
Which had me reflect on the above scripture.
Imagine you are this beautiful Tree, and you have these long branches and some short branches.
Perhaps the long branches represent your faith, love or serving others.
Whereas the short branches may display the lack of fruit of patience, kindness, peace, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, joy and love.
The gardener, our Father prunes our branches so that we may bear more fruit!
We could all use more patience when we are wearing thin.
We could all use more gentleness… not just with others, but ourselves too.
In favor of the Kingdom, our Heavenly Father takes away the bad, the spoiled, the rotten, nonedible, unedifying branches.
These branches can be friends in our life, hobbies, activities, attitudes, and even mindsets.
TODAY: If you plan to start spring cleaning this season, also ask the Lord to clean, prune, and bear MORE fruit in the garden of your heart.