Year-Long Study: Fruits of the Spirit

by Gayle Inge
       We studied one of the nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) during each month of our nine-month school year last year.
       We chose a different fruit (e.g., apple, banana) to represent each character quality. I drew a picture of the fruit on a piece of colored construction paper and glued on verses that I wanted us to memorize and emulate. Then I put the page in a plastic sheet protector.
       We purchased plastic fruit at the local dollar store and a "Fruit of the Spirit" tape from Majesty Music (Patch the Pirate). I also found a "Fruit of the Spirit" song in Growing Songs for Children Book 1 (Child Evangelism).
       We recited Galatians 5:22-23 every morning and worked on memorizing the verses for the fruit of the month. To aid in memorization and for added fun, we used songs or motions with the verses whenever possible. Throughout the day, if the monthly character quality was demonstrated or lacking, we discussed applying it to our lives.
       At the end of the school year, we had a "Fruit of the Spirit" party and had all nine fruits for a meal with Dad. We recited all the verses in front of the video camera.
       Love: Apple (John 3:16; I John 4:19; I John 4:7-8).
       Joy: Strawberries (Phil. 4:4; Psalm 30:5b; Luke 15:7b).
       Peace: Lemon (we can have peace even when life is sour) (Psalm 4:8; Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:7).
       Longsuffering: Banana (I Thess. 5:14b).
       Gentleness: Orange (II Timothy 2:24; Titus 3:2).
       Goodness: Grapes (Heb. 13:16; Eph. 2:10).
       Faith: Peach (Heb. 11:1; Deut. 7:9; Luke 16:10a).
       Meekness: Watermelon (Gal. 6:1; I Peter 3:15; I Peter 3:4).
       Temperance: Pear (James 1:19; Prov. 23:1).

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