Everything has seasons and we have to be able to recognize when some things times have passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings. — Henry Cloud
I had originally planned to post an update on my health but was inspired to blog on this week’s theme of spiritual pruning. Were you aware there are five types of tree pruning? What is pruning? Why is it important? What is the purpose? What is the definition of tree pruning?
Tree pruning is defined as the practice of selectively removing trees dead branches. The purpose of tree pruning is to add strength to the tree, fortify its structure and stimulate its growth. As the name suggests, dead pruning involves the trimming or complete removal of dead, diseased, or lifeless branches of a tree. This type of pruning is often performed at the tree’s crown; hence it is also known as crown cleaning to prevent the spread of diseases from sick branches to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the tree and giving it a more groomed appearance per Google search.
In some cases, only the dead portion of the branch is removed rather than the whole branch itself. This gives a clean look to the tree without losing critical mass.
When we moved into our house many years ago there was a very thin tree in the yard. After finally settling down we noticed it had not grown. So, my husband pulled it up with no effort because it was not deeply rooted.
Several weeks later we purchased another tree and it started to grow, and even started blooming despite its short statute. Yours truly decided to prune it without knowledge how to care for it. Hence, the end result of a dead tree shown in the picture above. However, without actions from us a different type of tree started growing next to it. It flourished, grew and overshadowed the dead tree; and the branches eventually fell off. Amazingly, we did not plant it, but it grew tall and healthy beyond our imaginations.
In the same manner of our spiritual life, it is imperative that we prune sin from our life. For example, falling away from those who have no interest in our soul’s salvation. We must strive to eradicate those types of people and their negative influences puppet by the hands of Satan. They strive to keep us unroot in the word of God. Our minds, the crown, cannot be diseased by any means knowing we will be without excuses on the Judgment Day. (Romans 1:20 and Hosea 4:6)
Life and Renewal
Our new life in Christ must outgrow sin and this world. We must flourish beyond the old self to allow the Words of God to prune us from this untoward generation. In John 15:1-7, it states “I Am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, as I also remain in you.’
‘No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you reman in Me. I am the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much frit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in Me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.’
‘This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” Take a second look at how beautifully the third tree that we did not plant is flourishing (more photos of this tree are forthcoming throughout the week).