John 15:2 - Divine Pruning and Sprouting Again.

John 15:2 (NIV) He cuts off every branch in 
me that bears no fruit, while every branch that 
does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even 
more fruitful.  


   In every good story theres conflict, 
which makes it interesting. Theres the good guy 
and the adversary. Theres the conflict. Then 
the good guy overcomes the conflict and prevails 
in the end. We like stories with those 
   During His earthly life, Jesus was in the 
middle of a story, and He knew how it would end. He 
knew the resurrection ultimately would come. Then 
the ascension would come followed by the 
salvation of all of those who put their faith in Him. 
   Despite how awful it was in the middle of 
His story, Jesus knew the greatest good would 
come from the worst thing imaginable. 
   The death and resurrection of Jesus 
brought eternal life to us. Jesus was cut down, and 
through His death we have life. 
   Jesus said, I am the true vine, and My 
Father is the vinedresser. 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 15:1, 2 NKJV). 
   The process of pruning is cutting back so 
there will be new growth. Its important. 
   In the same way, when were bearing 
spiritual fruit as followers of Jesus Christ, God 
might do some pruning in our lives so well bear 
more fruit. 
   The Bible says, For there is hope for 
a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout 
again, and that its tender shoots will not cease 
(Job 14:7 NKJV). That branch, so to speak, even 
though its cut down, even though it seems like 
it will never grow, will sprout again. 
   The Laurie surname has the family motto 
Repullulat, which means it buds afresh. But its 
not just my family motto. It can be your family 
motto too because its true of any follower of 
Jesus Christ. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


   When trials come to us, let us not dwell 
upon the greatness of the difficulties and feel 
that we cannot have joy in the Lord. It is true 
we will have changes of feelings. There will 
come to us times of discouragement and 
depression. But shall we live by feeling or by faith? 
When our brethren and friends speak unadvisedly, 
and cause us grief, let us not be cast down. Let 
us remember that we are in a world of trial and 
grief, of sorrow and disappointment. When these 
experiences come to us, they should drive us to Christ. 
If they do not, we meet with loss. 
   When tempted to give up under 
discouragement and difficulty, let us study the life and 
experiences of Christ. He had to contend against the 
powers of darkness that He might not be overcome. 
We have the same battle to fight, the same 
victories to win. God so loved the world, that he 
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish but have 
everlasting life (John 3:16). It is our privilege to 
lay hold on the strength of One who is able to 
save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by 
Him. He invites you to present your case at the 
throne of grace, and cast your helpless soul on 
   The purging is not pleasant, but let us 
remember that Christ came to our world and took 
humanity that He might bear the afflictions that 
humanity must bear and be an example of faithful 
endurance under every form of trial. God wants us to 
realize that we are a part of the great human 
family, and that we must bear its tests. 
   Let your humanity lay hold of divinity. 
Go to the footstool of Gods grace, and say, 
Lord, I hang my helpless soul on Thee. Help me to 
control my speech. Teach me to overcome. Christ 
will give you a spirit of overcoming. They 
overcame him, we read, by the blood of the 
Lamb, and by the word of their testimony 
(Revelation 12:11). 
   You may bear a testimony the opposite to 
that which Satan would have you bear. You may 
keep heart and mind sanctified by obedience to 
the truth. Look to Him, at morning and at noon 
and at night. Keep heart and mind fastened upon 
Christ. This is your privilege. The suffering and 
death of Christ has paid the price for your 
redemption, and through faith in Him you may 
overcome. Let the love of Christ dwell in your 
hearts. We must graduate sensibly in this life if we 
would be transferred to the higher school of the 
courts above. UL252 


   Today I spent time outside pruning 
grapes, wisteria, and hydrangea - and remembering my 
parents. They were landscapers, and as they worked, 
Id watch. The care and wisdom they displayed 
when tending plants fascinated me. How could they 
know when and how much to trim off? Wouldnt it 
hurt the plant? Why were some bushes pruned so 
   They taught me by their actions. I 
learned the proper techniques slowly, until they 
seeped into my soul. Prune back to the joint to 
keep visual integrity. Cut on a slant to speed 
healing. Trim at the right time for that particular 
bush or vine so it doesnt go into shock, and 
will blossom or bear fruit next season.  
   Years later, as an adult, I keep these 
tips tucked inside my mind like a treasure, ready 
for referencing in my yard. When pruning, I 
visualize my parents hands guiding my own and feel 
their love.  
   Thanks to my mother and father, when 
Jesus disciplines me, I see what Hes doing and 
I understand. Has He removed a hidden 
temptation from me, trimming way back to its source? 
Did He cut me free from an unforgiven hurt, 
allowing me to heal and blossom again for Him? Have I 
reached a season where He wants me to address a 
tough issue Ive ignored or avoided? All His 
pruning is necessary, even if it first pains me. 
Im learning to accept it with gratitude.  
   Im His blessed creation, one of His 
flowers. With His love, wisdom, and care, I can 
thrive and bloom to His glory. by Heidi Gaul  
   Faith Step: Next time you trim a plant, 
consider the why and how behind your actions, and 
apply that knowledge to your relationship with 
Jesus. Are you currently being pruned? How can you 
speed the process and bloom for Him? [Mornings 
With Jesus 2020 Devotional by Guideposts and 


That unpruned branch may have looked good to 
human eyes but the eye of One who never slumbers 
nor sleeps leaves it not alone to die of 
discouragement. The Husbandman pruneth it, that it may 
produce fruit unto life eternal. TMK133 


John 15:1-4: Pruning Brings Growth.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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