Friday, June 25, 2021
God's Pruning Shears
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
- John 15:1
God will put people in your life to perfect the fruit of His Spirit in you. But
if you say, "We have a personality conflict, and I am just going to have
to get away from that person," you take the pruning shears of the Holy
Spirit out of God's hands.
When He wanted to cut that thing off that hindered your growth, you said,
"No, God, I won't change there. I like that fruit. Don't change
that, God. Get your pruning shears away from me."
God brought that person or situation into your life, because there is an area of
your life that only that person, that relationship or that situation can
perfect in you. They may be God's sandpaper, smoothing out the rough edges
in your life. They may be the irritation, like sand in an oyster, that
produces a pearl in your life. Notice the people God brings into your life,
and you will begin to see the kind of person you are with God. He says,
"Show that person the same love, compassion, forgiveness, patience, and
tolerance I have shown you."
- John 15:1
- Ezra 10:11
- 1 Kings 8:59
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