I am the vine you are the branches
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 it so that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2
Pruning is necessary if good fruit is to be produced. While dead branches are always pruned, it also involves pruning seemingly healthy branches that are not in the right position. This provides more life giving nutrients to the best positioned branches that will produce the best crop. In the same way, our western culture often looks for as much fruit as possible. This is not the way of the vineyards. If the vinedresser simply looks for quantity over quality, all of the fruit will be average at best. If he prunes wisely, there may be a slightly less fruit, but the fruit that is grown is in the best condition. Effective pruning always produces the best fruit.
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