Friday, December 11, 2009

Marital Relationships - Required Pruning Has Already Taken Place

Hey Covenant Groupies,

During my morning reading Thursday (John 15:1-8) God poured a revelation into my spirit and it goes a little something like this. Jesus says that He is the vine and we are the branches and God the Father is the gardner. That we, those who are His true disciples have already been pruned for greater fruitfulness by the very message He's already given us. All which is to result in the glory of God.

No, Jesus was not married, but He, not only created and maintaines relationships, but He intentionally preserves them by pourig out unconditional and sacrificial love on us. His foundational teaching of relationships is where we go to be trained to love, forgive, be forgiven, have compassion, be kind, gentle, trustworthy etc. If we've been pruned for greater fruitfulness, have we not already been filled and given the power and authority to be all that God has created and called us to be.

Another thought is: The mount of fruit we produce is solely based on VS.#5 "I am the vine; you are the branches... Apart from me you can do nothing." Producing much fruit and glorifying the Father is eternally important as it referes to our relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Otherwise there's no need for a gardner or vine, right?

Why is all of this here on onemarriagethreepeople? Because these principles must be brought into our marital relationship where our spouses and others ought to witness the fruit here as well.

According to scripture, otherwise we'll find ourselves in one of two places: 1) being cut off the vine for lack of bearing fruit or 2) being cut back in order to be disciplined to be strengthened in character and faith.

Where are you in your marriage right now? Are you being cut off or cut back?

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