“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear fruit…. Abide in Me, and I in you…. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” John 15:1-5
O Lord, I trust that this word will have its accomplishment in me also, though as yet I have great reason to be humbled on account of my barrenness. Grant, therefore, that I may always abide in You faithfully and quietly, since there is everything in Your power; and nothing can be done by my own strength — but as it is You will, and it tends both to the glory of Your Father and Your own. I depend upon being replenished, in due season, with fruits of righteousness. O suffer nothing in me which may dishonor Your name, and which would prove hurtful to myself and offensive to others. But whatever You judge fit for me to suffer, let it work for my real good!
How can I sufficiently adore the patience of the Lord, my gracious Vine-dresser, who still bears with me, the weakest of all His branches. He has not cut me off yet — but still employs means to make me more fruitful, though I have yielded little else but wild grapes. Why then should you murmur, O my soul, at the application of His pruning-knife? It is really for your good. He is angry only with the degenerate, unfruitful branches. The more you are pruned, the more fruit you shall bring forth; and the more fruit, the more is your heavenly Father glorified. O for grace to glorify God, by bringing forth much fruit!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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