Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pruning is Painful

I sat across the coffee table from a dear friend today. Sometimes he is a mentor, sometimes a boss, sometimes an authority, sometimes a teammate but today he was a friend. Without knowing it, he said what I needed to hear, "Pruning is painful".

I woke up feeling a little beat up because of my shortcomings that were brought to the surface in the last couple days. The pruning he spoke of comes from John 15. Jesus said, "I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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."

Thankfully this reminded me that while pruning is often a painful process their is great purpose in it. For whatever reason I was reminded of how much God loves me. Maybe you can relate?

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