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Spiritual fruit (1)

01 July 2021
‘No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.’

Jesus said: ‘My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch…that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me…If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit’ (v.1-5 NIV). God wants to produce the fruits of the Spirit in our lives and make us more Christlike in character, and this is how He does it: First, He’ll show us the habits, relationships, and activities that make it impossible for us to bear spiritual fruit, and then begin to cut them off. But He can only do that if we let Him. Second, He’ll reveal to us the things that drain us spiritually and keep us from bearing more fruit. And His favourite pruning knife is His Word, which is ‘sharper than any double-edged sword’ (Hebrews 4:12 NIV). As we read God’s Word, He cuts away the bad so that it doesn’t obstruct the good. Then He prunes the good so that it doesn’t obstruct the best. This also explains why He allows difficult times to come into our lives. One pastor put it this way: ‘Trials may simply be pruning shears in the hands of the divine Gardener – tools He uses to cut away dead wood, fruitless branches, and sap-sucking shoots so that we might bear more fruit.’

 

What Now?

Write down some of the trials and problems you’ve faced in the past. Then for each one, write down what God might have been pruning in your life through it – make notes of any ways it changed your thoughts, habits, attitudes or ideas.

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