For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Yes, God’s pruning is usually painful. It often involves us giving up something that we’ve held onto dearly for too long. What He trims out of us – bad habits, bad decisions, poor relationships – opens us up to then be more fruitful for Him.