You are already clean [pruned] because of the word I have spoken to you. – John 15:3
Ah, the “pruning!” Don’t you just LOVE it?
Yeah, me neither. Yet, in order that we might bear more and more spiritual fruit, it is necessary for the Vine-dresser (the Lord of the harvest) to prune us. Whether He uses our circumstances to show us the things that we need to cut out of our lives or even the gentle (or not) rebukes of our friends to snip away the worthless twigs that rob us of spiritual vitality, you may be assured … God will prune.
Of all the methods of spiritual maintenance at my disposal, the preferred (for me) is more private and less painful. It involves the simple, consistent, daily application of God’s Word. His Word is truth and it points out the sprouts that will eventually draw me away from His intended purposes. I can then pull them (identify and remove them) before they become significant problems that will eventually mar my witness or weaken my walk.
Snip. Snip. Snip.
I am more afraid of my own heart than of the Pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great Pope, Self. – Martin Luther