Having grown up on a farm, I understand all this stuff about pruning.
Remember that we only pruned the vines in our grape arbor that were vines that produced good fruit.
We cut off & threw away the vines that didn't produce well - they were a drag on the vine.
vines that did produce good grapes, we wanted to trim because we knew
they'd produce even more, & sometimes even better fruit.
Maybe that will help to know the next time God decides to prune us back?
1 "I am the true grapevine,
and my Father is the gardener.
cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit,
and he prunes
the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.
in me, and I will remain in you.
For a branch cannot produce fruit if
it is severed from the vine,
and you cannot be fruitful unless you
remain in me.
I am the vine;
you are the branches.
Those who remain in me, and I in
them, will produce much fruit.
For apart from me you can do nothing.
who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and
Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you,
you may ask for anything you want,
and it will be granted!
8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples.
This brings great glory to my Father.