what does abiding mean?


What does it mean to abide in the true vine of Christ?  
Here's just a little of John Piper's answer that I found to be a very encouraging reminder about abiding:

"Jesus says in John 15:1–2, “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, that it may bear more fruit.”
   "As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”   (John 15:1–4)
Now pruning means cut. The branches are being cared for (to make them maximally fruitful) both by internal life flowing to us from the vine and by a vinedresser, who with his very painful scissors or saw cuts us and hurts us, so that by these painful providences in life we experience the fullest possible impact of the inner life of Christ.
We are being cared for both internally by Christ’s life coursing into us by the Spirit and externally by the providences of a loving Father who knows how to discipline his children to make them very, very holy."

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