If you were at our Annual Celebration a few weeks ago, you should be able to sing the next line!
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace and patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-con-tro-o-ol.”
Paul says in his letter to the Galatians that we won’t do what our sinful nature craves if we let the Holy Spirit guide our lives. We are to share the love of Jesus in all we do and say. In Sunday school, we have been talking about the Holy Spirit. Kids have learned the Holy Spirit lives in each one of us, if we have Jesus as our Savior. I don’t think we just automatically have all of this “fruit” in us. If we did, we wouldn’t need God. We have to pray for growth of that fruit in our lives through the Holy Spirit.
As a parent, I pray for patience when my children are pushing their boundaries. I pray for faithfulness when my faith is being tested through the challenges of life. And, I pray for peace when I hear about all of the terrible things happening in our world every day. Sharing the fruit of the Spirit with others doesn’t always come easily when we are caught up in the business of our own lives. I want to help my children understand the need to pray for these things to be in their lives. We can’t do it on our own. We need the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us.
My children often amaze me when they tell me about helping out a classmate or a friend. I love being able to talk to them about their experiences sharing the love of Jesus in their world! – Dee Ann Lord, Children and Family Ministry Coach