Pruning According to Wikipedia
The definition of “pruning” is a horticultural practice involving the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Reasons to prune plants also include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or directing growth), and improving or maintaining health. Pruning is helpful in reducing risk from falling branches, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits.
How Does This Apply to Me?
When we look at this definition, it can apply to the body and ministry of the church. The critical part of the definition is “increasing the yield of fruits.” Regardless of the reason, some are good and some are bad, pruning a vine will bring forth more fruit.
After many friends moved away over the last 10 years, I asked God, “why”. I didn’t understand why someone, I felt was critical to the ministry, was allowed to leave. Feeling a strong direction to examine the topic further, I dug in. The result was a simple conclusion. The vine is being prepared for the great harvest coming to the church of the living God. God was telling me, do not fret over transplanted, diseased or damaged limbs removed from the local church.
The Bible says in John chapter 15, verse 2; Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Conclusion, My View on Things
Therefore, we can’t always know what’s best, or what the future may hold. As painful as a pruners knife may be, the end result will be more fruit on the vine.
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