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My wife and I were flipping through channels the other day,
trying to find something decent to watch.

We came upon a SCARY thing!
It was surely enough to make us THINK!

It was the channel showing Congress in action!

John 15:1-2
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:
and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may
bring forth more fruit.

LIGHT from the WORD.

Our Scripture (above) today, is surely enough to make one

CONSIDER, Christians the following TRUTH!

Sap flows through a vine and gives strength and nurture to all
the branches.
Jesus is the "true vine!"
Through surrender to Jesus, a person receives His Holy Spirit,
Who gives strength and nurture to each Christian.
Without the nurturing strength, no "fruit" can be produced!

Each Christian, then, is a "member in particular" of Christ,
the True Vine. (See 1Cor. 12:27)

Now THINK about this!
God the Father is the "Husbandman", or CARETAKER!

If a "branch" does not PRODUCE fruit,
God the Father REMOVES the branch!
However, for each branch that is producing fruit,
God the Father "purgeth" (or prunes) it so that it will
produce MORE fruit!

What IS it?
Gal 5:22-25 tell us!
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.
25 If we LIVE in the Spirit, let us also WALK in the Spirit."

A person will exhibit his/her love for Christ by continually
putting Christ FIRST in his/her life.
Daily actions will demonstrate the "fruit"
of His Holy Spirit working in and through us!

If you are genuinely joined to Christ:
and are NOT producing fruit - LOOK OUT;
or if you ARE producing fruit - be ready for some PRUNING!

Life with Christ is not for SISSIES!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce