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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

Fruit of the Spirit (4 of 9) – Patience

Patience - Pineapple

Here is what we did for our fourth week of in-depth study of the fruits of the spirit.  This week’s To Be Like Jesus song is one of my very favorites on this CD.

We didn’t go as in-depth on this study as we have for some of the others, but we’ll be returning to it next year and I plan to add more meat to it then.

Opposite

Impatience

God’s Command

“Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

Jesus’ Perfect Obedience

Jesus has “unlimited patience.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

Story

The sun stops shining (in The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Llyod-Jones)

Llama Llama Red Pajama (Anna Dewdney).  This is an example of impatience.

Song

Gotta Wait (To Be Like Jesus CD – Listen to a sample here)

Song Lyrics

When I don’t get what I want (whoa)
And things take longer than they ought (whoa)
Waiting’s hard for me to do
But I know one thing that’s true

Jesus, You will always be
Patient, gently teaching me
I see in You what I want to be

When my sister isn’t kind (whoa)
And when my brother takes what’s mine (whoa)
Loving’s harder than it seems
Show me, Lord what patience means

Wait, wait, gotta wait, wait gotta wait
When it’s hard to, but You say to
Wait, wait, gotta wait, wait gotta wait
For the right time, Your time, not mine
Wait, wait, gotta wait, wait gotta wait
For my brothers, sisters, and others
Wait, wait, gotta wait, wait gotta wait
‘Cause I want to be more like You

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 “patience.” Our pineapple 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 patience, of course!)

Practice handwriting by writing a verse.  I customized a worksheet here, with the words “Patience” and “Impatience” as well as the verse “Be patient, bearing with one another in love Ephesians 4:2” Madeline traced the words and was able to practice a little independent writing too.

I didn’t think of any good phonics exercises that went along with Patience or Impatience.  😛  But again, we’ll come back to this next year and will undoubtedly expand upon it then.

Fruit of the Spirit (3 of 9) – Peace

Peace - Orange

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.

Opposite

Strife (inward or outward struggle)

God’s Command

“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.

Stories

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.

Song

Peace (To Be Like Jesus CD – Listen to a sample here)

Song Lyrics

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:

Fruit of the Spirit (2 of 9) – Joy

Joy - Grapes

This is what we did for our second week of in-depth study of the fruits of the spirit.  I have really enjoyed focusing in on a particular fruit and thinking through it all week.  Oh, how I need more fruit in my life!  More love, more joy. . .

This is good, but difficult stuff!  Not just because of how challenging the subject matter is, but because of how challenging it is to boil these broad ideas down into a study suitable for a 4-year-old.  It’s tough enough for a 30-year old brain to process what joy is and how we can keep it!

Trying to determine what the opposite is in a single word and finding a single scripture that illustrates how Jesus perfectly displayed the fruit, has been much harder than I imagined it would be.  As always, I would love any input or suggestions for improvement you may have!

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

Opposite

Sadness

God’s Command

“Be joyful always.” (1 Thes 5:16)

When we believe in Jesus we “are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” (1 Peter 1:8) We’re not only joyful when we’re having good days (like on church days or birthdays or vacations), but we can even be joyful when we face trials (when we’re sick, when we don’t get to go someplace we want to go, when we lose something special).  That’s because we know that the testing of our faith develops perseverance. And when we’ve developed perseverance, we’ll be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:1-4) God works all things (even the hard circumstances, bad days, and disappointments) together for our good.  Knowing this helps us to be joyful even in the middle of hard things.

Jesus’ Perfect Obedience

“In view of the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross, disregarding its shame.” (Hebrews 12:2, God’s Word Translation)

Jesus knew that God was working the all bad things happening to Him on the cross for His good and for the good of all the people He loved.  Jesus knew that once He shed his blood and died, He would be finished with the work of reconciling His people to God.  The people He loved would no longer be enemies of God, but would be forgiven!  That gave Him joy even though He was in tremendous pain and completely alone.

Story

The Giving Tree (by Shel Silverstein)

Some people have all kinds of things that we might think would bring joy.  In this story, the boy gets money, and a house, and a boat, but none of it gave him lasting joy.  He kept coming back to the tree sad.  This shows that the Bible is true.  It says “the joy of the godless lasts only for a moment.” (Job 20:5)  True and lasting joy only comes from being close to God. (Psalm 16:11)  We can’t find joy apart from Him.

Activity

Bake cookies, muffins, or a cake.  Taste small bits each of the ingredients by itself before you mix them all together.  Most of the ingredients don’t taste good by themselves, but when we mix them all together and bake them, something wonderful happens. Somehow all of those things that weren’t tasty on their own, come together and become good.

It’s just like the different circumstances of our lives.  God works all of them together for our good so that we become like the cookie.  If God left any of those bitter or untasty things out, we wouldn’t be perfect and complete; we’d be lacking things!

Let’s pray that God will remind us of this cookie when we are tempted to be sad about our circumstances.  Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will help us to be joyful even in trials as we trust that God will work all things together for good.

Song

Joy (To Be Like Jesus CD – Listen to a sample here)

Song Lyrics

When I am lonely or feeling bad
When things don’t go my way
When my heart’s broken and I am sad
And tears won’t go away
That’s when I turn my eyes to You, Jesus

Joy, You fill me with
Joy, You fill me with
Joy, Jesus
Joy, You fill me with
Joy, You fill me with
Joy, Jesus
You are always with me
You alone can give me
Joy

When my heart’s happy, my face is, too
And I have joy to share
It comes from knowing Your words are true
And I am in Your care
And when I turn my eyes to you, Jesus

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 “joy.” Our grape 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 J (for joy, of course!)

Practice handwriting by writing a verse.  I customized a worksheet here, with the words “Joy” and “Sadness” as well as the verse “Be joyful always. 1 Thes 5:16” Madeline traced the words and was able to practice a little independent writing too.

Talk about short vowels. (When a vowel is followed by a consonant, it is short.  Like the a in sad, e in set, i in sin, o in hot, u in fun) There are all kinds of great short vowel resources at Starfall.  Here is a sample of what they have just for the short a:

Fruit of the Spirit (1 of 9) – Love

Love - Cherries

This is what we did for our first week of in-depth study of the fruits of the spirit.  Oh, what a blessing this study has been already!

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

Opposite

Hate

God’s Command

“You shall love the Lord  your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 37:40)

The command doesn’t end just end there, because lots of our neighbors are easy to love. Jesus wants us to love even the most terrible, unkind, hateful neighbors we have.  He says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

Jesus’ Perfect Obedience

“Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph 5:2)

Jesus didn’t just tell us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us; he showed us how to do it when he was on the cross.

Stories

The sun stops shining (in The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Llyod-Jones)

Letter W – We love because He first loved us. (in ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt)

Songs

Your Love (Awesome God CD – Listen to a sample here)

Because  You First Loved Me (To Be Like Jesus CD – Listen to a sample here)

Song Lyrics

(From “Because You First Loved Me” – These are great to study and read on their own.  They’re so rich!)

Love is patient, love is kind
Everywhere and every time
It give its place line
To serve another
But my heart it struggles so
I need Your grace to grow
Lord, help me give and show
This love to others
Jesus, set me free to love unselfishly

Because You first loved me
I can love You
With all my heart
Because You first loved me
I’ll love others too
The way You do
I’ll love them too

When I love, it looks like this
It always gives and gives
To God and then it lives
To help my neighbor
That’s a love I haven’t got
It’s me I love a lot
Stuck here I’m tied in knots
I need a Savior
Jesus, set me free to love You more than me

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 “love.” Our cherry worksheet is here.

Pick a letter (or letters) to write.  You can print out great letter worksheets at Starfall, like this one for the letter L (for love, of course!)

Practice handwriting by writing a verse.  I customized a worksheet here, with the words “Love” and “Hate” as well as the verse “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us – Ephesians 5:2.” Madeline traced the words and was able to practice a little independent writing too.

Talk about how a silent e at the end of a word makes the vowel long.   (Like how “hat” becomes “hate.”)  Here are some great “silent e” resources at Starfall:

Fruits of the Spirit Study

It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I spend time diligently planning out and instructing Madeline in phonics and math, but haven’t spent nearly the same amount of time or energy thoughtfully instructing her in God’s word.  Sure, we read Bible stories before bed some nights, and sing worship songs in the car, and talk about sin in our hearts when we discipline.  But there has been a distinct lack of formal Biblical training in our “school time.”  I don’t want this to be so!

You can click on the pictures below to link up to the detailed study we did.

Love - CherriesThe Big Idea

Inspired by my friend Megan’s creative Fruits of the Spirit Basket project, I came up with my own version. I expanded it with some extra scriptures/songs/stories to accompany each fruit and simplified the arts-and-craft end of it.  (I’m not much of a felt-cutter, so I scoped the internet for good fruit coloring pages.  I went ahead and linked to those pages so you wouldn’t have to go through the same arduous process of finding just the right grapes. 🙂  Links to all of the coloring page are at the bottom of this post.)

Week 1

We spent the first week coloring the pictures and doing a brief Peace - Orangeoverview of the different fruits.  We read from Galatians 5 or atleast talked about Galatians 5 each day.

Weeks 2 – 10

Then during this second week, we focused in on love.  We talked about the opposite of love: hate.  We talked about God’s command for us to love and how we fail to obey it.  But then, we talked about the good news: Jesus obeyed God’s command perfectly!  He loved perfectly.  He didn’tjust love the people that were easy to love, like his mom and dad or nice neighbors that gave him gifts.  He even loved the ones who said mean things about him, who hated him, who spit on him, and hit him and hung him up to die.

Kindness - WatermelonThat pattern will continue for each fruit each week ahead:

1.  We’ll talk about the opposite. Defining what the fruit isn’t helps bring clarity to what the fruit is.

2.  We’ll look at the command.  Looking at God’s perfect standard helps to reveal our sinfulness and our desperate need for a Savior.

Goodness - Strawberries3.  We’ll look at Jesus’ perfect obedience, amazed by his perfection and humility. (At least, Mommy is amazed! By God’s grace, Madeline’s amazement will grow.)

4.  We’ll read some related stories, sing related songs, and do other more “schoolish” stuff to reinforce the theme of the week.

More Details to Come

Faithfulness - AppleI’ll be posting details on each of the fruits in the coming weeks as I complete them with Madeline.  Each fruit picture here will eventually link up to the detailed study.

Honestly, I’m recording this not just for you, but for me too.  I’ll definitely be returning to, and refining, this study in the coming years. I’m pretty sure it’s been benefiting me more than it is Madeline!

Resources for our Study

If you would like to join us, welcome!  Here are the resources I’m pulling from most heavily in this study:

The Jesus Storybook Bible – Oh, how I love this book!  It has helped us engage in meaningful conversations on so many occasions through it’s pictures and child-friendly but poignant words. Read my full review here.

ABC Bible Verses –  At first I thought these stories were all together too idyllic.  Missy’s friend wants her to disobey her mom. Missy won’t do it. Her friend gets mad.  Missy gives a soft answer, which turns away her friend’s wrath. Her friend repents for trying to get her to disobey her mom.  They are best friends forever.  But I’ve come to see that this kind of interaction may not be so improbable if children are taught diligently in these matters from youth.  The stories provide material for us to discuss real-life issues that our kids face everyday.

To Be Like Jesus CD – Honestly I’ve only heard snippets of this CD.  But the rave reviews it’s been given by Walt (one of my pastors) at worship team practices is enough all on it’s own for me to buy it up.  Add on that it is ALL ABOUT fruits of the spirit (which I didn’t realize until a friend pointed it out – thanks again, Casey!) and it became a must-purchase-immediately item.  It should be here in another day or two.  If it’s anything like all of the other Sovereign Grace worship CD’s we’ll devour it immediately and then listen to it repeatedly for the next few weeks. ***Update on 1/10/11 – This CD has been everything I hoped it would be.  We still listen to it on a regular basis – just this morning, in fact, as I was doing the breakfast dishes. ***

Awesome God CD – Another terrific kid’s resource that secretly serves adults too.

kbteachers.com – I’ll be using this site to customize handwriting worksheets to go along with each fruit.  In their “alphabet factory” section, you can totally customize a sheet with your own words or letters.  You can choose a font style –  either block or cursive AND either solid or dotted.  The sheet is then populated with your text for your student to copy over or reproduce on the extra blank line.  For non-members (like me), the page has a kind of annoying watermark across it.  To lose the watermark, you’ve got to become a member ($29 for 12 months or $49 for two years).

Fruit Coloring Pages:

Cherries, Grapes, Orange, Pineapple, Watermelon, Strawberries, Apple, Pear, Bananas

What other ideas do you have for a fruits of the spirit study? Comment please!  I’m still early on in this process and would love to incorporate other cool things I haven’t thought of yet.