Pruning and the Abundant Life
A painful truth of life is that great growth comes only through great suffering. What that suffering looks like will vary from person to person. Sometimes it comes in the form of physical pain. Other times it’s the emotional and psychological scars left by loss. Whatever our experience, we have two options. We can view pain, loss, and disappointment as a problem or we can view it as part of God’s promise. The goal is not to suffer for suffering’s sake. The goal is what the suffering produces in and through us. In God’s economy, embracing pain enables growth. Using John 15 as a guide, we’ll examine various ways God grows His people.