Jesus Christ, the Vine Through Which we are Strengthened.

3 02 2009


Although we may strive to live our lives right in the sight of God, we often go through difficult and trying times.  My wife and I are striving to endure through such an experience and we needed some strength beyond our own.  Last night we got together and turned to the scriptures to seek some solace for our troubled hearts.  Specifically we sought how our savior could strengthen us in times of trial.

In our search we came across a parable taught by our Savior in John 15:1-8.

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit…
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.


At a casual read of this passage, particularly in verse two, one may picture God as a ruthless unloving God, but this is not the case.  Our Heavenly Father loves us and this passage of scripture is teaching us where we can find the strength of our Lord to develop and become the disciples He needs us to become.

The Savior is the source of life and source of strength, if we are not connected to His living vine we will wither and parish.  If we are rooted in His doctrine and live His gospel in our lives we will bring forth fruit. 

My wife and I found particular meaning in what verse two says about those who are connected to the living vine and bring forth fruit – they will be “purged,” that they will bring forth more fruit.  Purging, or pruning of a branch is not a pleasant experience for that branch, but it is done to increase the fruit brought forth by that branch.  The same is true for us, at times when things are seemingly going well in our life and we may even be producing some joyous fruit, God may purge us, or try us, not to make life miserable, but for our personal betterment so that we can produce more fruit in the future, find more joy and have increased capacities to help people go through similar trials that we had gone through.

Have faith in God! He loves and cares for us and is aware of all our struggles.  Root yourself in the living vine, even our Savior Jesus Christ, and you will find increased power in your live to conquer all your trials; I know because I have seen it in my own life.

How have you found power through the Savior to overcome your past trials?



3 responses

3 02 2009
Ron Marshall

Love the blog, son, great work.

17 02 2009
Becoming LDS

Wonderful post. Thanks!

17 02 2009
Becoming LDS

I just noticed that you put me on your blogroll, thanks! I have you on mine as well.

Just a fun side-note…my husband and I both graduated from BYU-Idaho as well. Hope you are loving it there – winter and all. 😉

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