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THE BRANCHES

SCRIPTURE READING: John 15:1-8

MEMORY VERSE:
“He cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful.” – John 15:2

The Lord indicates two types of branches on the Vine. Those branches on the vine that do not bear fruit and those that bear fruit. Bearing fruits means exhibiting the quality of Christian character that brings glory to God in life and witness. The fruit is composed of the spiritual virtues listed in Galatians 5:22-23 that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Fruitfulness also denotes committing oneself to work for the conversion of others to Christ.

The Lord makes some serious statements about the branches. The unfaithful believer no longer has life of Christ flowing in them, the Father cuts them off, removes them from the vital union with Christ. The fruitful branches are pruned. This exercise by the Father, removes all influences, habits and attitudes that distract, hinder or prevent the constant exhibition of Christ likeness and growth in grace. The Father does that as a matter of necessity so as to ensure constant fruitfulness, though the pruning process may be painful.

FOR MEDITATION
• Am I a fruitful or an unfruitful disciple?
• What are some actions of God’s pruning in my life?

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, prune away every influence or habits that prevent fruitfulness in my life.

THOUGHT
Pruning may be painful but it enables fruitfulness.

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