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 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husband­man. . . .

Every branch in me. . . that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruitóJohn 15:1,2.


 As even the best branches in the vine, which give evidence of fruit-bearing, require pruning, so even the most honest and earnest of the Lordís people require the Lordís discipline and providential careóotherwise they might soon run to woodmaking also, and fail to bring forth much fruit. The true child of God whose will has been entirely immersed into the will of the Lord is neither offended nor discouraged by these prunings. He has learned something at least of his own unwisdom, and has confidence in the wisdom of the great Husbandman. Hence when Divine providence estops his efforts in some directions, he takes the thwarting of his plans joyfully, assured that the Lordís will and the Lordís way are the best, and intended to work out a blessing.


Parallel passages: John 15:3-8; Heb. 12:2-17;13:20; Eph. 5:23; Luke 1:69; John 14:6; Heb: 6:7,8; John 13:10; 17:17; Eph. 5:26; 1.Pet. 1:22; Heb. 12:4-14; 2.Pet. 1:2-10; l. John 1:9.