“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do not bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain 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.
Yes, 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. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
John 15: 1-12 New Living Translation
Our Father, may we always keep our eyes on Jesus. May we always abide in him with unceasing prayer and the reading of your word so that your will is made known to us, that we are able to work in partnership with you in bearing fruit for your kingdom.
Thank you for your love and the promise of joy, delivered to us through Christ. Nurture in each of us a pure heart, that we may love others as you love us and help us to recognise that, when we encounter hardship in our lives, we are being strengthened by you for the sake of your kingdom.
In Jesus name, Amen