THE PRUNING HOOK

Administrator Patriarch and Presiding Prelate

HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” (John 15:1).

It is comforting to think of trouble, in whatever form it may come to, us, as a heavenly messenger, bringing us something from God. In its earthly aspect, it may seem hurtful, even destructive; but in its spiritual out-working, it yields blessing. Many of the richest blessings which have come down to us from the past are the fruit of sorrow or pain. We should never forget that redemption, the world’s greatest blessing, is the fruit of the world’s greatest sorrow. In every time of sharp pruning, when the knife is deep and the pain is sore, it is an unspeakable comfort to read, “My Father is the husbandman.”

A friend tells of being in a great hothouse where luscious clusters of grapes were hanging on every side. The owner said, “When my new gardener came, he said he would have nothing to do with these vines unless he could cut them clean down to the stalk; and he did, and we had no grapes for two years, but this is the result.”

There is rich suggestiveness in this interpretation of the pruning process, as we apply it to the Christian life. Pruning seems to be destroying the vine, the gardener appears to be cutting it all away; but he looks on into the future and knows that the final outcome will be the enrichment of its life and greater abundance of fruit.

There are blessings we can never have unless we are ready to pay the price of pain. There is no way to reach them except through suffering.

In this month every message will tell a different story of what it is like to be a leader and to live the charge that is delivered unto us. There are some limbs that cannot be pruned off the vine, but they wither and die. Therefore, they feel no pain from the pruning hook. There are many that started this journey with us and are no longer with us. One thing I know that a ministry of Almighty God will not die. Men will die or walk away but the sure foundation will remain forever.

As we continue our celebration this month in online ministry, I pray that this word will reach many more around the world and men and women will come to the saving grace and knowledge of our God.

Keep praying for this ministry and that God will bless us in every area of life.

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