Tuesday, January 24, 2017

allowing God to prune us



That one statement from Sunday’s sermon has stuck in mind and made me keep on thinking about how God works in our lives.  He shows us.  He sharpens our focus.  He increases our capacity for more.

John 15 teaches that God’s act of purifying us increases our capacity.  It is also called pruning.  This happens not because we sin but because God desires us, to love us and to remove the parts of our lives that keeps us from going to the next level.

The secret to more of God is abiding in God, abiding in His love.  Again, John 15 says that remaining in God results in blessings or all kinds.  More of God is awesome.

What is the opposite of being able to handle more of God?  It is then that life is worthless, empty, inhibited without God.  That is not what we want or need at all!

John 15:8  NASB
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

Proving we are following God and are His disciples has a lot to do with comprehending how much God loves us and how He made us to love Him and to love others.

May our love increase as we allow God to prune us and improve us!

1 Thessalonians 3:12  NASB
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

1 Peter 4:8  NASB
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

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