“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (ESV John 15,1-11)
We all want to be good persons, but we can’t bear fruit by ourselves. Many people make promises at New Year to change their lives one way or another, but they often fail, because they try to do it without God’s guidance.
We’re powerless without God. Apart from Jesus you can do nothing. (John 15,5) Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and it led to sin and death.
Everyday we’re tempted to make the wrong choices and “eat” fruit that cause sin and death.
We’re thankful that Jesus came and restored the relationship between man and God. He is the true vine. God gave us a way out of temptations.
He loved us first. It is wonderful to have a personal relationship with your heavenly Father. Remain in faith in Jesus and remain reading the Word and seek Him always. God must always come first. The Holy Spirit guides God’s children. God prunes every branch, so it can bear more fruit. The pruning are many things. He longs for you and wants to be close to you and show you his love, and He will teach you the right way, as a loving father teaches his son.“
My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Heb 12,5-6)
“Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15,5)