Wisdom Wednesday: Pruning

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“…every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it might bring forth more fruit…” —John 15:2

Have you ever felt weighed down or overwhelmed by life?  Who hasn’t, right?  Sometimes it seems like the older we get, the more junk we’ve accumulated and need to purge.  Have you ever dead-headed flowers or pruned grape vines or rose bushes?  Have you ever noticed when you harvest some types of fruits or veggies regularly, the plant is stimulated to produce more?  A couple of days ago I noticed one of my houseplants had a few yellow and brown leaves.  It looked so unhealthy.  But after removing the dying leaves, when I saw it the next day, it looked so lush and beautiful, and I thought, “Is that the same plant?”  When talking about what our Heavenly Father does in the lives of His children to help us grow and become more productive, Jesus touched on the subject of pruning to help a fruit-bearing vine bear even more fruit.  One of the secrets to a beautiful flower garden is dead-heading— cutting off withering, dying flowers to encourage new ones to grow.  And one of the secrets to having a productive garden is getting rid of suckers— shoots that divert the plants energy.

“To the inexperienced, pruning seems a cruel and senseless waste of parts of the branch that have great potential. Despite appearances, however, pruning increases fruitfulness.”  —Grantley D. Morris

The principle of purging and pruning can apply to many areas of our lives as well.

• Cutting our spending can help us save for something we want and would enjoy more.

• Severing unhealthy friendships can help relieve stress, encourage positive growth, and leave more time to nourish healthy relationships.

• Cutting excess calories can help us become healthier and look and feel better.

• Purging data from computers can help the system and processes run better and faster.

• “…prune we must, for… it’s the editing that makes fair writing good and good writing great.”  —David Sheets

When God prunes us or when we prune things out of our lives, it can cause temporary discomfort and even pain, but the benefits are worth it.

“If you plant olives but do not prune the tree, your oil will be good for only donkeys.”  —Libyan proverb

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About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

11 responses to “Wisdom Wednesday: Pruning

  • Mark Shields

    Great thoughts and ideas Rene.

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  • bennetta faire

    I especially love the one about relationships–I used to think I “had to” keep them up, as a “witness for Christ”. But those folks are settled in their lives of denial, without Him–so I’m using my energy to encourage and receive from Believers; spend time with Jesus–and feed any lamb He sends my way. God bless you BIG today–love, sis Caddo

    • Rene Yoshi

      Yes, I agree! Sometimes unhealthy friendships need to be severed if the person is abusive in some way and you’ve tried to help them. Other friendships might just need some distance, because we are told not to keep bad company, we are to distance ourselves from a person given to anger, not to keep company with a person who professes to be a believer and yet teaches false doctrine— like Hymenaeus and Alexander. In most cases, it’s more a matter of the level of intimacy in a friendship, but sometimes a separation needs to occur. It doesn’t mean you don’t still love and pray for them. John 2:24 records that even Jesus didn’t entrust Himself to just anyone who said they believed, because He knows what’s in the heart of man. Thank you, Sis Caddo! 🙂

  • Shelly

    Powerful thoughts! May we all spend some time with the Lord and see what He would have us purge and how He wants to prune us for His glory. Be blessed and bless someone else today!

  • Jacquie A. Bradford

    Thank you Rene, what an encouraging and well thought presentation of His pruning! This quote in particular truly sums up your thoughts: “To the inexperienced, pruning seems a cruel and senseless waste of parts of the branch that have great potential. Despite appearances, however, pruning increases fruitfulness.” —Grantley D. Morris

    So glad I found you!

  • Fig Tree Chance

    Great stuff, pruning–when it’s done by God’s loving hands!!

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