The fruit of the Spirit is a gift God gives Christians to help them live lives that please him and show his love to those who don’t know God. As children learn about the fruit of the spirit, they will learn that God uses us as his instruments to show his love to others! Jesus was the ultimate expression of God’s love, and all the qualities of God that made Jesus who he was—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—become qualities in us the closer we grow in our relationships with Jesus.
Here are some ideas you can use when helping kids discover the fruit of the Spirit. Use them together as a lesson set, or pick and choose to enhance your own lessons.
1. Pray about it.
Items needed: Bibles
Introduce the nine qualities of the fruit of the Spirit through this prayer. Have children form a circle, and have children number off, one through nine. Repeat the numbering if you have more than nine kids. It isn’t necessary for the numbers to come out even. Give each child a Bible, and have kids locate Galatians 5:22-23a. Explain that you’ll go around the circle and after you pause, the child who called out number one will say aloud the first quality (love) of the fruit of the Spirit. Continue around the circle, pausing for children to say the remaining eight qualities of the Spirit.
Say: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the fruit of the Spirit. We ask you to help us live each quality of the fruit of the Spirit. Help us to show [pause for child to say “love”] and [joy]. Help us to have [peace] and show [patience] and [goodness]. Help us demonstrate [faithfulness]and [gentleness], and finally help us have [self-control]. Please help us show others your love by teaching us your ways and growing us as your children. Please help us, Lord, to show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in the various situations you put us in. Help us to use the fruit of the Spirit to show others what your love looks like. In Jesus’ name, amen.