His Pruning Grace

In gardening some things need to be deadheaded, which is a way of removing already bloomed flowers to enhance further growth. Roses for one, are cut a certain way to train them in which way to grow. Herbs, lettuces and other flowers produce more when they are picked often. It is beneficial to some plants to prune them.

In His garden, God prunes as well. He tends to it, and those who abide in Him will bear much fruit. There is nothing that we can do without abiding in Him. A gardener cares for his crops and God cares for believers by tenderly pruning us with His wisdom, justice, grace, love, and mercy. There is always the hope, that the one who has not yet bore fruit, will, because the Holy Spirit continues to transform us into the image of God. We are always growing.

Just as a gardener anxiously awaits the first blossom on the citrus tree, God watches and tends to our growth. His desire is that we would continue to bloom and mature and bear fruit for Him. With grace, He prunes us. For our benefit and for His glory.

John 15:2, 5-6

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..5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned

Theresa Serate