If you see an apple tree, what do you expect to find on that tree? Apples! Well, when you see someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit, you expect to see what the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit. According to the apostle Paul, he shared with the Galatians that, there are nine different kinds’ fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Oh my, that is some good fruit, isn't it?
These fruits are all things that help us to get along together and to share God’s love! Just as some of us like different fruits, each of us might be better at one of these than another. If you are a good hugger, you are showing love, or if you are good at sharing your toys then you are good at generosity. Are we all going to be really good at all nine of these things? No, but we can try to learn a skill? And if we notice when our friends are good at not fighting or including new friends, can we tell them that we are proud of them? Just as it takes lots of fruit to make a yummy salad it takes all of us to share God’s love to everyone we meet to help everyone feel included, respected and loved.
This week we read Paul’s letter to the Galatian’s about fruit of the Spirit. We invite you to learn about the fruits that you excel at! Ask your grown-ups what spiritual fruits they love about you! Ask your grown-ups what spiritual fruits you could practice. Our Fruit of the Spirit lesson page offers, guides to the nine fruits, games, fruit crafts, read aloud books, songs to help you memorize the fruits and fruit infused water recipes for our Arizona heat! So sit back, read a book, listen to a song, and enjoy a large refreshing, strawberry, cucumber infused glass of H20!