Praying The Fruit Of The Spirit For Our Kids
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The Fruit of the Spirit is actually a term that the apostle Paul uses to sum up nine visible attributes of a true Christian life. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
Note too that these are not individual ‘fruits’ that we pick and choose but one ninefold fruit that is ‘a physical manifestation of a Christian’s transformed life’. It is Christ living in us and transforming us.
We can display this fruit only when we have Christ living in us. To have Christ living in us we need to have a close relationship with Him.
This is possible only if we spend time with Him through prayer, reading His word and reflecting on it.
Are you really serious about wanting to display more of the Fruit of the Spirit in your life? If you are, then this is what you must do. Get a notebook ready. For the next 9 days, set aside an hour a day to reflect on an attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit.
Note down your reflections and end with a prayer asking God to transform you so that you display that attribute in your life. On the 10th day, read through all your reflections and pray that in your day-to-day life you will be a living testimony for Christ.
Below are some notes you could use from Day 1 to Day 9.
Day 1 – Love
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to love He does.
Love: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). Through Jesus Christ, our greatest goal is to do all things in love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
Try and read the whole of 1 Corinthians 13.
Day 2 – Joy
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the joy of the Lord.
Joy: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Day 3 – Peace
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the peace that passes all understanding.
Peace: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Day 4 – Patience
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will give you patience in all your dealings.
Patience: We are “strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that we may have great endurance and patience…” (Colossians 1:11). “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love“ (Ephesians 4:2).
Day 5 – Kindness
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will give you a heart of kindness.
Kindness: We should live “in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left” (2 Corinthians 6:6-7).
Day 6 – Goodness
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the enabling to do what is good in the sight of the Lord.
Goodness: “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).
Day 7 – Faithfulness
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the gift of faith and the assurance that God Himself is faithful to all His promises.
Faithfulness: “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name; for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things; things planned long ago” (Isaiah 25:1). “I pray that His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:16-17).
Day 8 – Gentleness
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the desire to be gentle.
Gentleness: “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1). “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2).
Day 9 – Self-control
Read and reflect on the Scriptures below and pray that through the Holy Spirit you may learn self-control.
Self-control: “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
May God help you as you journey towards becoming a Christian who has the mind of Christ.
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Fruits of the Spirit Lessons for Kids
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23
I had extensive Bible training growing up. My family memorized all sorts of scriptures and Bible text.
I can even remember playing games and challenges with scriptures. One of the most talked about sections of the Bible for a Christian is the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. And one of the scriptures I can still recite from memory is:
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to Him both now and forever, Amen! – 2 Peter 3:18
As parents, we usually start our children off with this text as it helps reinforce the behaviors we desire then to display as they are growing up. We want to do our best to help them grow in their knowledge of Christ. However, kids are kids, and they often spend more time doing the opposite of the fruit they should be displaying.
If the Fruits of the Spirit really were fruit, my boys would be throwing them instead of using them!So I have a confession. I don’t dogs! After having one bad experience of being chased by a St. Bernard, that pretty much ruined any chances of my kids ever getting a dog as a pet. But my resistance to dogs hasn’t stopped my children from loving them or asking to get one. So when I came across the new book, Pups of the Spirit, I knew my kids would love it.
Let me start by saying it is now one of our favorite books! In this picture book, nine lovable canines romp through the pages displaying the important Fruit of the Spirit traits. It is so cute. My kids (even the older ones) really got into it and started selecting the pups that were most them.
My youngest even took it to share with her preschool class, which just happened to be studying the fruits of the spirit at the same time.
We always want to make sure that we use materials that will reinforce our faith to our children. Having things that meet them where they are and capture their attention is always most effective. This book is definitely one that does. So what are some ways we can help our children practice the Fruits of the Spirit?
The main message to get across to kids is that when we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit makes His home in our hearts. As we grow in the Spirit, we are a tree that keeps growing and producing fruit.
These outward signs of the Holy Spirit are called “fruit” because fruit is only produced in a healthy, living plant. As you grow in the Spirit, others should see the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
These are all the good qualities that God wants us to have!
Ways to Teach Children about the Fruits of the Spirit
- Apply the Fruits of the Spirit in real-life situations. For instance, when my oldest daughter, who is 12, has an issue with a friend at school I often ask her how she can pursue peace in the situation or practice patience.
- Create a Fruits of the Spirit praise jar in your kitchen for a month and write down whenever you catch your child in action showing one of the fruits. Set a goal and at the end of the month go out for banana splits or FroYo with fruit toppings!
- Use age-appropriate material to reinforce this Bible lesson, the book Pups of the Spirit.
Try anything that is easy for a child to understand and easy for them to remember!
- Make some Fruits of the Spirit crafts. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest! Many of them also incorporate easy Bible lessons.
- Don’t forget to have fun! We to play Fruits of the Spirit Jeopardy.
Sample: The restaurant was taking a long time with my food. Instead of getting mad, I continued to wait. Answer: What is Patience?
There are so many ways to help our children learn the Fruits of the Spirit. Even as adults we need reminders ourselves as we go about our daily lives.
The traffic at my local DMV alone is a constant battle against my faith and my need to walk in the fruits of patience and self-control! (Perhaps I should just keep this book with me in the car.)
How do you practice the Fruits of the Spirit? What creative ways do you use to teach your kids to walk in the Fruits of the Spirit?
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Why is the Fruit of the Spirit So Important?
No joke the coffee spilled all over my lap while driving on the highway, just freaking awesome.
Unbelievable, a driver just cut me off while pulling into a church parking lot before the worship session kicked off. What was that sound? The heavy weight of impending deadlines and the sound of sighs. If you are never tempted to scream, rant or mutter unholy words under pressure, you are an anomaly.
For the rest of us, the only raft that helps us during stress and unpleasantness is the fruit of the Spirit. Yes, there is a Scripture to back this up in Galatians 5:22. You know the verse that tells us to operate with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
There are no laws against things that.”
Yes, that Scripture. Ring a bell?The purpose of this is to not only give us the ability to refute the thought of flipping someone off or blowing a gasket but to come into sanctification with Jesus and to be transformed into His image. We are meant to become better than we are right now in the mind and in our daily walk.
Look, we will not match Christ as we are mere humans. Yet, this is no excuse not to lean on and glean power from the Holy Spirit. Here is why the fruit of the Spirit is important to us.
It transforms our personality
The fruits we receive come directly from the Holy Spirit to sand down the rough edges and harshness in our lives. It is God's joy, temperance and love for us that infuses our inner man to aid us during our struggles.
“For this reason we can accurately say our weakest point in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is the indicator of the fruit of God’s Spirit in our lives,” Brad Hambrick wrote, who serves as the Pastor of Counseling at the Summit Church in Durham, NC.
It gives us joy
We are an embattled people. Over the years, we just lose our joy. The joy is another infusion that we can get from God when we are struggling. God will lead us to the promises as we pray. He will guide us by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we pay attention to more of the sadness or stress in our lives than the joy He has for us–we can easily get into a funk.
It gives us hope
We are living in uncertain times and we never know what is going to happen next. Author Beth Moore said that we need to “maintain our careers, keep our kids fed and houses clean, be at every activity, and look good while doing it.
It is so freeing to realize that we don’t have to measure up for God.” Living under this constant pressure this can sap your peace. Tap into the power of peace. Ask God for peace and depend on Him to give you wisdom on how to maintain it.
We need peace to stop arguments, let things go and to find rest. Think on this when you are in traffic.
It makes us long suffering
With people having such a short fuse, we need a ton of long suffering.
“Learn how to ride and flow with the patience of the Holy Spirit in your daily life and walk with the Lord – and you will then be able to enter into a much more restful, peaceful state,” Bible Knowledge explained.
Having more patience will help you not only offer peace, but it will help you make better decisions and prevent you from acting in haste.
It makes us more faithful
How many of us need to be more faithful in our relationships and in our commitments? We are a fickle bunch and we go with whatever we want without restraint. Doing the right thing most of the time is never easy and it can really hurt. Resisting this temptation to not follow through on things because we don't feel it can't be an excuse.
The Bible warns that we can resist temptation and remain faithful. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
” Being faithful is a remarkable characteristic.
It keeps us grounded
We live with self-centeredness every day. We always have ourselves on our minds. Living in a fallen world, this all makes sense. In a place where we are always in a race to be the next best thing, we can call upon the fruit of the Spirit to help us.
Embrace goodness in this area when you feel being greedy as there is a real power hidden in selflessness. Do something for someone else and build on it. Be kind to a stranger, instead of hoarding, help someone else or pay their way. By being good, we will be a well-watered plant and flourish.
Next time you are out and about and you have the temptation to lose your cool, call on the fruit of the Spirit. Think upon the earlier Scripture in Galatians to find gentleness when you feel you want to fight. This will help your light glow brighter and perhaps, keep your blood pressure in check.
Here is a nugget from the Book of Hebrews: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” It all comes down to our willingness to submit to God's direction.
Corine Gatti-Santillo is a freelance digital journalist, editor, and content producer.
She is also the The Christian Post Voices Editor. She is also a former editor at Beliefnet.com.
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