Do You Need Pruning?


At some point this tree had some of its limbs pruned and the pruning helped it grow larger and stronger. As we live our lives for Christ, are there things in our lives that need to be pruned?

John 15:1-2

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. In order for us to grow and be strong we need to be connected to the vine. We remain connected to the vine by spending time in His Word, in prayer and in community with other believers. Before you can even begin to look at what in your life may need to be pruned, you need to make sure you are well connected to the vine.

We are able to bear the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control when we allow the Holy Spirit rule in our hearts and minds. Look back over that list of attributes. Are you bearing them in the world? In order for us to bear the fruit of His Spirit, we need to be focused on Him.

If we are to bear His fruit fully in our lives and the lives of those around us, we need to allow the Lord to hep us prune what we don’t need in our lives. What in your life is preventing you from focusing on the Lord and bearing His fruit? Are you spending too much time working, watching TV, being on the internet, acquiring possessions, playing a sport or doing a hobby? It isn’t that the Lord doesn’t want us to have these things in our lives, but we need to keep them in balance so they don’t hinder how well connected we are to the vine.

Spend some time today seeking the Lord and asking Him to reveal the things in your life you need to allow Him to prune. They may be sins He wants you to recognize, seek forgiveness and repent from or they may be things that in and of themselves aren’t bad, but they are distracting you from spending time with Him. Let’s be brave and allow the Lord to prune the things in our lives so we can bear even more fruit for Him!

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20 thoughts on “Do You Need Pruning?

  1. I love it! Weeds must go in order to grow! ( How do I post a profile picture? )

    • Hisjewel35, I love the “weeds must go in order to grow”. You can post a profile picture under your settings section. I can’t remember where it is, sorry.

  2. Shelly- you are so right when you say we have to be really connected to the vine before pruning. A plant cannot prune itself- neither should we. But how often do we try and then ask God to bless us and grow us?
    The vinedresser, our patient Lord, knows best. There have been times I tried to prune myself to grow in a direction different from His idea of which way and how fast I should grow, and thought that just because I love Him and want to serve Him, my will had to be His will. Then I wondered why I wasn’t getting anywhere.

    • Julie, we absolutely can’t prune ourselves any more than a plant can prune itself. Or at leasts we shouldn’t. We need to seek the Lord, the vinedresser, and see what He would have us prune from our lives. Thanks for the great insight! Be blessed today.

  3. Amen! Sis Shelly, I am so blessed read your post this evening. Thank you so much for sharing this..Many love and blessings to you..have a great day..:)

  4. Prune hurts but is necessary for growth! Great post

  5. I was a young man with no knowledge of the necessity of pruning plants. That summer a magnificent rose grew in our flower bed. Wonderful fragrance, shape and color. The following growing season the plant grew strongly but to our surprise there were barely any flowers, little fragrance but a very tall rose bush. An older neighbor explained the necessity of pruning, as he did his roses and grape vines.
    Just as the Lord explains to us in your example, pruning is essential for growth. He is the master vine dresser and his pruning is always perfect even though we may consider it painful! Thanks for this reminder.

    • DoulosChristos, amen! The Lord’s pruning may be painful but is always perfect and helps us to grow. Be blessed.

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    • Deboriah, thanks for putting a link to my post on your blog. I pray your readers are challenged and blessed by the post.

  7. oh boy, did I need to hear that today … thanks so much, Shelly … surrender, pruning, dying to self are all words that come to mind … not pleasant, but so necessary for fruit to grow

    • Heidi, glad the post spoke to you! The dying to self is always a hard concept to put into action but when we do we see the Lord move in mighty ways. Blessings!

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    • Heather, thanks so much for putting a link on your blog to my post. I hope you readers are challenged and blessed by it!

  9. I love this parable because of the imagery for Christian living. You are so right. We need to ask to be pruned, then we can produce more fruit, and that’s what it’s all about. Blessings to you Shelly.

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