THE PRUNED VINE
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Let the Christian never forget that suffering is a part of their salvation. It is as much a part of it as our quickening and conversion, for it produces the same fruits. Let us never forget that the pruned vine is greatly loved by the Husbandman. He has given more attention to it than all the other plants in His garden. His eye is most upon it for He expects the most from it and the special blessing is that He will be visiting it in later days to discover and enjoy His fruits. Then we have His presence!