In Song of Solomon 1:6 the Shulamite woman says, “…but my own vineyard I have not kept.”
Are you keeping your heart-vineyard? Here is another explanation of neglecting to remove the thorns that choke out His word. Luke 8:14 says, “…choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
Diligent heart-husbandry is essential for fruit bearing. John 15:8 says, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear MUCH fruit; so you will be My disciples.” We bear fruit as we abide. Anything that keeps us from spending quiet time with the Lord will diminish our fruit.
Verse 5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…” Verse 7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…” It is being (intimate communion) and not doing (service) that bears fruit.
Heart-husbandry is also monitoring our thoughts. John 15:2 is our example. It says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away…” Pruning is essential for the health of a vineyard. The husbandman must know how to prune.
We ‘prune’ our thoughts when we take them captive. We cut off the negative ones the moment they come into our mind. How? We don’t give them another thought. Negative dialogues bear no fruit for His glory.
Engaging in a mind-only negative dialogue is futile. That means: empty, fruitless, and worthless. There is nothing redemptive about it. All it does is sow weed-seeds into our thought processes. Beware! One weed seed that goes into the soil of your heart will bear multiple weed-seeds. Look at any uncultivated land as a vivid example.