Gardening Tips

The world will know we’re Christian by the “fruit we bear.”  The apostle Paul describes this Fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness/generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

So how do we cultivate a life that bears good fruit?  Each week during our sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit, we will offer “Gardening Tips” to help us to do just that.  We invite you to choose one practice each week and make that a part of your spiritual formation.

  • Goodness


    One definition of Goodness is, “Seeing the best of what is.”

    This week, pay attention to whether your mind goes to the best or to the worst in each situation, conversation, encounter that you have.  If it does not see the best, intentionally find something good in that moment. 

    “Don’t look at the damage.  Look at the image of God.”


    Read The Message version of Romans 12:9-21.  Find one action in the text to put into practice each day this week.


    One distinction that has been made between Kindness and Goodness is that Kindness is ‘what we do,’ Goodness is ‘who we are.’

    At the end of each day this week, practice a Daily Examen.  In your mind, go through your day.  Where do you see the fruit of Goodness in your thoughts, words and actions?  Ask God to grow Goodness in your spirit even more tomorrow.

    By Rev. Jayne Davis