Teaching our kids the fruit of the Spirit is a powerful concept! We want them to exhibit the powerful traits of the Holy Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
What we may not realize is that if our children aren’t developing in their personal relationship with the Lord by reading the Bible, it’s very difficult to produce the fruit of the Spirit.
As children of God, our first and highest priority is to get to know our Heavenly Father. And the way we do this is by reading the Bible.
Reading the Word of God allows us to understand who God is, what He’s intended, why we’re here and what our purpose is. When we see that our purpose comes from Him, we learn that we cannot operate this life the way we’re designed to without Him. We must find ourselves attached remaining, abiding and staying attached to Him.
As a fruit tree grows, we know that it’s designed to produce fruit. We expect it to. In fact the reward of growth is pruning. Pruning helps a fruit tree become healthier and produce more fruit.
Have you ever tried to rip a branch from the trunk? It’s difficult, isn’t it?! The fibers are so intertwined and connected that in order to remove a branch, it must be cut off.
Just like branches are so connected to the trunk, so must we find our lives connected to the Holy Spirit. We do this by building a personal, intimate relationship with Him. And out of that relationship we become who we are designed to be; we are a by-product of who our Father is. This is Christ-likeness bearing the image of God.
As we abide in Christ and spend time with Him, we produce good fruit. And that fruit is the fruit of the Spirit.
As parents we often teach our kids to be loving, be kind, be patient. We do this because we know they’ve been taught and have the skills and abilities to be these things. But it still isn’t easy to exercise these traits. We can find ourselves operating in the things of the flesh rather than that of the Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is produced and accomplished out of being with the Spirit. If we abide and walk in the Spirit, we will not produce the things of the flesh.
Galations 5:16-17 says,
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
So a key to not fulfilling the things of the flesh isn’t to stop doing them, but rather replacing the things of the flesh with the things of the Spirit. By this, we produce the fruit of the Spirit.
Fruit Of The Spirit Bible Study For Kids
Our kids must learn about who God is by reading the Bible and studying His Word. The more they learn and know about Him, the more than the fruit of the Spirit will come out of them as a by-product of spending time with Him.
Teaching our kids the fruit of the Spirit is so important! I want to help you teach these traits along with helping you teach your kids about their relationship with the Lord. This comes first and out of that relationship, they will produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
You do who you are. If you want to change who you are, do different and you’ll become different!
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Anchored in Christ,