Pruning tools Photo: © MD Vaden
Pruning For Fruitfulness
When a gardener wants to prune a fruit tree, he selects his tools carefully (as shown in the photo here). Each of these tools has a particular job in ensuring clean cuts, so that the tree is not harmed in the process of pruning to produce a larger crop.
Diagram of a Grapevine Before and After Pruning
God The Father: The Divine Gardner
In JOHN 15:1-5 Jesus describes his Father God as "The Gardener" who wants the fruit trees in his garden to produce fruit, so he prunes them to increase their fruitfulness.
God's Discipline As Part Of The Pruning Process HEBREWS 12:1-11
In these verses the writer to the Jewish Christians (Messianic Jews)in the second century AD emphasises the importance of God's discipline as part of his process of pruning us to produce a harvest of righteousness.
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