“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every 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. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide 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. 5 I 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. 6 If 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. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. ~John 15:1-11
- Jesus (who is speaking in this passage) is the true vine.
- God the Father is the vine-dresser. And we the Body of Christ are the branches of the vine.
- God is glorified when we bear the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Suggested Application & Spiritual Growth:
- Give thanks to God for pruning you & helping you grow more like Jesus through His discipline (Heb 12).
- Abide in Christ. Live there – in His love – at all times, not forgetting His attributes. Examples: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. Produce these fruit in your own lives also!
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What steps do you need to take to be more like Christ in the area of the fruit of the Spirit?
–Mark and Rachel Shaw (enjoying the amazing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives)