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Today's quote - 31 March '06

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“The vine dresser is never nearer the vine than when He is pruning it.” (Anon)

John 15 : 1-8 1 “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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples."

How true today's quote is. Pruning is a time very few of us enjoy when Father is pruning out things in our lives we don't need. What a different way of looking at it here. Instead of resisting, if we could remember todays quote - "The vine dresser is never nearer the vine than when He is pruning it." What a difference it would make. What a privilege that He chooses to make us more like Him.

WOW - Thank you Father.