I love reading Jesus’s words to His disciples. Those words are for us, too! I also love how often He used metaphorical language–turning His teaching into a story-like quality. These verses about the vine and branches are a good example of that. A good vineyard owner knows the plant must be pruned in order for it to bear greater fruit. Our Father-God knows He needs to prune those things from our lives that would harm us spiritually. Have you ever faced the “pruning” process? It can be painful, but the end result is always worth it. When we stay in tune with Jesus and His teachings, we’re less likely to need “trimming,” and the fruit we bear will bring glory to Him. Doesn’t get much better than that.