Punished or Pruned?

Today I had my Bible time on based on a plan by Rev. T. D. Jakes about turning pressure into power and the difference between pruning and punishment is intention.

I see things like this: If you did something wrong/bad you are being punished, if you are doing something right, you are being pruned.  But how do we know if the suffering we are going through is punishment or pruning?

When my mom died at the age of 54 I was devastated, but I knew God wasn’t punishing me. I was able to look at my mom’s life and see that she wasn’t being punished either.  My mom talked to people about God all the time, she gave godly advice to those who asked, and she prayed with everyone who asked her, she was never too busy for others. My mom went through a lot of heartaches in her life and I know she was pruned because of the fruit she bore.  But my mom won her race, she is at peace.  Some people live long lives and die an old age without trying to find out what their purpose is on Earth.  Jesus died in his 30’s.  But he had a purpose, and he completed it, Jesus didn’t die old, he died finished.  I don’t want to live a long meaningless life and then die old, I want to be pruned and live a fruitful life in Christ, I want to die finished.

Romans 8:28  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

John 15:2 “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

When Mary saw her son dying on the cross, she saw two men being punished, and one being pruned.  I believe Mary was being pruned as well.

What are your thoughts on being pruned or punished? Comment below. Thank you for reading.

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