Is God pruning you? The Bible says He is the Vine and we are the branches. Those that remain in him, He prunes to produce more fruit. Those that are unproductive, He cuts off.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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 15:1, 2
Both feel the knife… which can be confusing if you don’t understand how God works.