I want to make a very clear statement here: Before becoming fruitful in Christ, God prunes!
“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.” (John 15:2, NIV)
The only fruits mentioned in the Bible are the fruits of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV) They symbolize nine attributes of a person living in accordance with the Holy Spirit. So, when Jesus told the congregation in the book of John (V.15:1-17, ESV) , “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, it is he that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing”, He is talking about either living in Him (Who is the Word of God), or living according to who the world says we are.
There is a huge difference! When a thought is conceived, it becomes a desire if we let it grow. If we let it grow, we will begin to act on it or speak of it, and our life will begin to move in that direction. A good thought will bring us into life, a bad one will move us into the path of death. (Romans 8:5, Galatians 6:7-8, Luke 6:45)
This is the reason Jesus taught us, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25, NIV)
Listen to this, my friends. “Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” (Matthew 7:17-18, NIV)
Jesus is the Word and the Vine. It is only through Jesus that we can walk like Jesus and become a good tree planted by the living water and bear good fruits (Psalms 1-3).
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” (Ephesians 5:8-11, ESV)
How do we expose them? Every branch that does not bear fruit, the Father prunes. (John 15:2, ESV) One branch being cut down is better than a whole tree, because every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matthew 5:29-30, 7:19) The fire is not a place anyone wants to be, nor the place that our God wants us to be. So He prunes so that we can bear good fruits.