“The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The apostle Paul wrote to the people of the Christian church in Galatia about NINE good things the Holy Spirit could bring about in their lives if they would allow Him to direct their thoughts and actions. These words to the Galatians, in the verse above, apply to us as well! In the past couple of posts, we have looked at the love and joy that God can grow in our spirits, and this week we will consider the fruit of PEACE.
When we know that God is with us, we can be at peace in our spirits, no matter what is going on in the world around us. When we are at peace, we do not give ourselves over to being worried, afraid, stressed, or anxious. A sense of peace is a sense of safety, which can sometimes be hard to hold onto without God’s help. We can be at peace when we trust that God is in control, and will take care of us according to His will and His plan.
If you like puppets, you might enjoy listening to Douglas explain the fruit of peace to kids in this video message. (The first three minutes contain the content, while the last minute or two are an invitation to visit Doug’s website.)
A bird called a dove has been a symbol for peace for many centuries. It is also a symbol for the Holy Spirit, which makes sense since God’s Holy Spirit can bring about peace in our lives and in our hearts.
We are going to make a craft using our hand to create a dove, and it can remind us that our peace is found in Christ.
1. Trace around your hand onto a piece of white paper, and then cut the shape out.
2. Glue it down to a piece of colored construction paper.
3. Add a small triangle of yellow paper for a beak, and draw in an eye with a pen.
4. You can add this Bible verse to the dove if you would like: “Christ Himself is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:14)
(Many thanks to LearnCreateLove.com for this craft idea, and to my daughter for the use of her hand for my craft pictured below.)
Once you start singing “I’ve Got Peace Like a River,” you’ll have a hard time stopping! And—BONUS!—this song covers peace, love, and joy, which are the three fruit of the Spirit we have learned about so far. Check out the video below, and I know you’ll sing along!
Spend some time talking, parent and child, about times when you feel worried or afraid. Brainstorm together ways that you can both feel a greater sense of peace in those times.
One great option is to pray and talk with God; whenever we feel worried or afraid, we can ask God to make us more aware of His presence, and it will give us a greater sense of peace.
Other ideas for feeling a greater sense of peace when we are worried or afraid might include: cuddling, going for a walk, reading a favorite Bible story (a good one for such times is the story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark chapter 4!), drawing a picture or doing some form of art, singing songs, and spending quiet time patting a family pet.
Consider making a list of all of your ideas and posting it where the whole family can reference it when they need to.
(Many thanks to Pinedale Christian Church for the idea for this conversation.)
|Photo Credit: Susan Lowry Hare
If you missed the earlier posts on fruit of the spirit, you can find them here: