By Sandy Spagnolo, Kids Church

Galations 5:22-23 “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Here there is no conflict with the law.”

God's-orchardDuring these past three months, the children have been studying the fruit of the Spirit.  Every week the teacher taught on one spiritual fruit that went with a natural fruit.  Here is a little recap of what was taught:

– The apple represents LOVE because it is red and holds a special secret inside – a star. We are a star to God, the apple of His eye.  The children learned about the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with her hair, how she showed Him love.

– The lemon represents JOY because of its cheery yellow colour. Its strong scent fills the room and brings freshness.  Joy brings freshness to peoples’ lives.  The children learned about John the Baptist rejoicing in his mothers’ womb.

– The watermelon represents PEACE. The dark seed represents sin, the red represents Jesus’ blood that covers our sin and washes it white as snow, and the green represents growth.  We have peace because Jesus saves!  The children learned about the possessed man who found peace.

– The hard coconut represents PATIENCE because it takes long for coconuts to grow and it is hard to climb a coconut tree. The children learned about the old man Simeon who waited many years to see the Saviour.

– Strawberries represent KINDNESS because strawberries are small and have a short life span. Kindness can be shown in the small things of life, in what we do or say and it does not take long to show kindness.  The children learned about how friends were kind to a sick man and carried him in from the roof to see Jesus.

– The orange represents GOODNESS. The orange tree is very pretty to look at and when people look at our lives, they should see goodness and it should be beautiful!  In this lesson, the children learned about how Zacchaeus becomes good and gives money back to the people he robbed.

– The banana represents FAITHFULNESS because the banana plant faithfully produces one bunch every year. The children learned about the faithful widow who gave all she had, her two pennies.

– The peach represents GENTLENESS. Since peaches are easily bruised, we have to be gentle with them.  Jesus treats two women gently.  He was kind to a Samaritan woman and was gentle to the woman caught in adultery.

– Finally grapes represent SELF-CONTROL. Grapes are small fruit that come in bunches, and sometimes in life it is the small things that can take control of our emotions.  But grapes become sweeter with time; let’s not let little things take over our emotions.

In conclusion the children learned how to live life by the power of the Holy Spirit and when we live in HIS power, these fruit are represented in our lives!  May God bless you as we keep becoming fruitful and sweeter to Him and others around us!


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