Fruit of the Spirit (5 of 9) – Kindness

Kindness - Watermelon

Okay, well, I’ve gotten a bit off of this Fruits of the Spirit study with holidays and then first trimester stuff. Here is what we did for our fifth week of in-depth study of the fruits of the spirit (right before we took our month-long break).  I hope to pick back up with the last half of this study soon.

If you missed the introduction, you can read it here.

Opposite

Unkind, Mean, Cruel

Command

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Jesus’ Perfect Obedience

He was “kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”  (Luke 6:35)

Jesus was kind every day of his life.  He was always thinking of how he could do good for others.  He was always giving and providing for people’s needs.  Remember how he healed people, and fed people, and taught them with patience and gentleness?

Well, these things were not even his most amazing acts of kindness.  His most amazing display of kindness was on the cross.  He did not pay back wrong for wrong (1 Thes 5:15).  He didn’t say mean things back to his enemies.  He didn’t try to hurt the people who were hurting him.  Instead he prayed that God would forgive them because they didn’t understand what they were doing.  No one was grateful that Jesus was on the cross.  They didn’t understand that he was paying for their sins.   They were doing evil things that displayed the evil in their hearts.  But Jesus stayed on the cross, enduring all of the pain and the shame and the loneliness until he had paid for everything.

Jesus loved his enemies, did good for them, and gave to them without expecting anything in return. His kindness is meant to lead us toward repentance. (Romans 2:4)

Story

The man who didn’t have any friends (none) (in The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Llyod-Jones). This story of Zacchaeus, shows how Jesus was kind even to sinners.  His kindness led Zacchaeus to repentance.

Activity

Show kindness to orphans or the homeless by packing shoe-boxes full of supplies.  In this way, we can think of the good of others, give, and provide for their needs, just as God does for us.  It’s a great way to practice giving without expecting anything in return.  You can read about the specific project we chose here.

Song

You Show Me Kindness (To Be Like Jesus CD – Listen to a sample here)

S0ng Lyrics

You are always loving
You are never mean
You are always thinking of my good
You are always giving
Providing for my needs
Helping me to do the things I should

You show me kindness
In oh-oh-oh so many ways
Kindness
E-e-every single day
Kindness, kindness
Help me to be like You today

You are always caring
You are never cruel
Even when You see me doing wrong
Help me to be sharing
What I receive from You
Help me to be kind to everyone

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 “kindness.” Our watermelon 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 K (for kindness, of course!)

Practice handwriting by writing a verse.  I customized a worksheet here, with the words “Kindness” and “Unkindness” as well as the verse “Be kind to one another. Ephesians 4:32” Madeline traced the words and was able to practice a little independent writing too.

Talk about the K Rule.

If the /k/ sound comes before the letters e, i, or y, then the letter k is what makes the /k/ sound. Examples: keg, kid, milky, kept, skip, silky

If the /k/ sound comes before any other letter, then the letter c is what makes the /k/ sound. Examples: cat, cot, cut, can, cost, cup, clip, crop

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