FROM THE DESK OF DAWN PARR
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
~ Galatians 5:22-23
This summer, we are teaching lessons on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit—in a simple way for Sunday school. The kids have created their very own Fruit of the Spirit Tree. Each Sunday we are adding a new fruit as we learn about these gifts:
- Strawberry of Love
The strawberry is in the shape and color of a heart. God’s love is more special than any other love. We cannot do anything to make Him love us more, and the more we grow in our friendship with God, the more we will be able to share His love with others.
- Oranges of Joy
When we peel an orange, the pieces inside are in the shape of a smile. We define Joy as the comfort of knowing that God is with us all the time—whether we are happy or we are sad, God is always there. This comfort will make you smile—that is Joy.
- Pineapple Peace
Did you know that a pineapple is already prepared in pieces to eat? If you cut the crown off following the diamond pattern that you see on the rind, then you can pull apart the pieces, God gives us peace that we can rely on anytime. Every piece of your life can have God’s peace.
- Patient Watermelon
Growing up, most of us had watermelons with seeds. It takes patience to remove the seeds when eating a watermelon. There are times in our lives when we need God’s patience as we pick through difficult situations.
- Goodness of Grapes and Kindness of Bananas
Bananas are loaded with potassium—nature’s electrolytes for our bodies, and grapes are full of antioxidants—to stop free radicals in our body. God’s word and His relationship with us nourishes our soul and protects us from the world.
- Faithful Cherries
Cherries grow in bunches and stick together. Jesus is faithful to those He calls His own.
- Gentle Pear
One must be gentle with a pear or it will bruise. God is gentle with our spirit and when we draw close to Him, we can experience and share that gentleness with others.
- Apple of Self-Control
The Bible tells the tale of Eve’s choice. She did not have self-control. Actually, none of us have self-control. Instead, we need to give ourselves over to the saving power of Jesus. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is the real power of God that we can experience in ourselves. The more we draw close to Him, the more fruit he will give us in lives. Grow your FRUIT this summer and experience the Holy Spirit’s full presence in you!
Director of Children’s Ministries