Jesus and the vineDoesn’t this Bible verse from the Gospel of John perfectly explain the notion that we will have to suffer and by doing so we will be “fruitful?”

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” — John 15: 1-2

I’ve heard and read this verse many times, but yesterday I saw the correlation to suffering for the first time. He “prunes” fruitful branches! That pruning is likely suffering we will endure in this life. If we are granted such a grace as a believer in Jesus, it is a blessing and will enable us to bear more fruit to do God’s work. Amen!