This is what we did for our third week of in-depth study of the fruits of the spirit. We’re still really enjoying this study!
If you missed the introduction, you can read it here.
Strife (inward or outward struggle)
“Live in peace.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)
God wants us to live in peace with Him and with one another.
We live at peace with God when we trust Him. When we trust Him we do what He says, and there is no struggle between us. But when we stop trusting Him, we don’t do what He tells us to do (which is called sin). This sin brings strife to our relationship, and we are not at peace.
We live at peace with one another when we don’t struggle against each other. When we love one another then we are at peace.
Jesus’ perfect obedience
Jesus made “peace by the blood of his cross.” Col 1:20
When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, there was strife between them and God and between themselves.
God told them not to eat the fruit on the forbidden tree, but they didn’t believe Him. They doubted His goodness and became separated from God. Remember how Adam and Eve hid from God and how God had to send them out of the garden? Sin causes us to be separated from God.
There was also strife between Adam and Eve when they sinned. Do you remember how Adam blamed Eve for his sin and then Eve blamed the snake? Sin causes us to be separated from one another.
Jesus perfectly obeyed the command to live in peace. He always fully trusted God in His heart, so He was at peace inside. And He did not struggle with His enemies, even when they were hurting Him. He was at peace with them even though they were not at peace with Him.
He never sinned once in His life, but Jesus took our punishment. When He shed His blood on the cross He gave us peace again with God and with one another.
The Terrible Lie (in The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Llyod-Jones). This story illustrates the peace that we once had with God and with each other that was destroyed by sin.
The Captain of the storm (in The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Llyod-Jones). This story illustrates the inward peace that comes from trusting God even when our circumstances are difficult or scary.
Letter B – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (in ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt). This story illustrates the outward peace that comes from obeying God even when we are tempted to fight with others.
Peace, You give me peace
When the storms come and I’m afraid
Peace, You give me peace
When I trust in the words you say
You give me peace
If You can calm the sea
Then You can comfort me
If winds obey Your voice
Why should I fear their noise
And though my eyes can’t see
I know You’re with me
When someone starts to fight
And does things I don’t like
I hear Your gentle voice
Saying I have a choice
To make an enemy
Or to spread Your peace
More “Schoolish” Stuff
(These lessons will need to be customized based on where you are scholastically. Here are some of the things we did to give you some ideas.)
Color a fruit worksheet labeled with the word “peace.” Our orange coloring page is here.
Pick a letter (or letters) to write. You can print out great letter worksheets at Starfall, like this one for the letter P (for peace, of course!)
Practice handwriting by writing a verse. I customized a worksheet here, with the words “Peace” and “Strife” as well as the verse “Live in peace. 2 Corinthians 13:11” Madeline traced the words and was able to practice a little independent writing too.
Talk about vowel teams. (Like how the “ea” in “peace” makes the long e sound.) Here are some great vowel team resources at Starfall:
- Make a word with vowel teams
- Silly story worksheet – vowel team
- Online book – Soap Boat
- Vowel team worksheets