The Fruit of the Spirit



"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." -- Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." -- Galatians 5:16
As soon as we believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior, the Spirit begins to work in us and change us: filling our heart with worship to God, overcoming fear, helping us to resist temptation, and inclining us toward acts of love. The Holy Spirit works within us to produce fruit, not the kind of fruit you eat, but more like special gifts that God gives us.

To walk in the Spirit means that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit helps us to choose to act and behave in a way that pleases God. Our flesh still wants to sin, but the Spirit helps us resist. We are also to continue walking; it is not something that we do once in a while. We walk in the Spirit all the time, every day. 

Discussion
Preschool questions:
Name two fruits of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Does our flesh want to do good things or bad things? Bad things.
Who can help us resist doing bad things? The Holy Spirit.

Elementary questions:
How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? When we believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Does that mean we won't sin anymore? No, we will still continue to sin. But the Spirit helps us to draw near to God and seek His way instead of our own way.

Preteen application:
Give some examples of the how the Spirit is working in your life. Helping me obey, filling my heart with love, confidence to share the gospel, etc.

Memory Verse: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." --Galatians 5:22-23

Journal (age 8+) Write a prayer to the Holy Spirit, asking for a specific "fruit."

Journal (age 3+) Draw a picture of you doing something nice for someone else. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional activity: Gather your family together and have each person share the fruits they see in each other. Be specific and give examples (such as: "I see the fruit of patience in you because yesterday you waited for your turn without complaining.").

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, and submit any prayer requests.

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