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Fruit of the Spirit

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The Beauty and the Beast of the Bible

by Sophia Prinsloo

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Afrikaans translation


The fruit of the spirit is kindness and gentleness Downhearted, Erica sat on the bleachers and watched as her teammates from the Green School played hockey against the Red School. She was very sad because she wasn't on the team too, although she had scored quite a few goals for her school before.

During school vacation, bullies in the neighborhood had broken her hockey stick. Her parents did not have enough money to buy her a new stick so she was forced to give up playing hockey.

"Look! Kaylyn has shot a goal again!" She sighed and thought about what had happened at school the previous day. Kaylyn just asked her why she did not play hockey anymore, but Erica had scolded her and grumpily walked away. She knew she had hurt Kaylyn, but she did not want her teammates to know that her family was poor and that her parents could not afford a new hockey stick. Actually, Erica felt very bad and guilty about it, but she did not know what else to do.


"Green, Green, Green School!" the children on the bleachers cheered loudly when the girl's hockey team of the Green School won the match. Not even the win could make Erica happy again. She watched as Kaylyn and the team came running towards her. "Uh-uh! There is no way out now. They are surely going to be mean to me, like I was mean to them yesterday," she thought worriedly.

With a large, kind smile on her face Kaylyn stopped in front of Erica. "Erica, I really would like to give you something. Here is the hockey stick that shot the winning goal today. If you don't mind, I really want to give it to you. I have another one at home. It may not be new, but will you please accept it from me?"

For a moment Erica was dumbfounded, but first she felt she had to come clean and said, "Kaylyn, I am very sorry that I was so mean to you yesterday! Will you please forgive me?"

"Of course!" Kaylyn said. "Because Jesus was so kind to forgive me for all my wrongs, I can forgive you!" All the other teammates agreed.

"Then I will gladly accept this hockey stick! You have made my day. Congratulations on your great win!" Erica said with a huge smile.

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A beautiful, wise woman from Maon, named Abigail, was working hard to prepare a big feast for her husband and his friends for that evening. She and her maidservants were baking bread, frying wheat, making clusters of raisins and cakes of figs, while her menservants prepared the meat. It would be a feast fit for a king.

Abigail was busy making bread Her husband, Nabal, was neither handsome nor wise, but he was very rich and had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. Each year when Nabal sheared his sheep in Karmel, wool merchants came from everywhere to buy wool from him, making him became even richer.


In the distance, Abigail suddenly noticed a streak of dust coming towards them. "Who could that be?" she wondered. "Nabal is in the field checking on the shearing of his sheep and he won't be back home until tonight. I just hope it is good news!"

While Abigail took out more loaves of bread from the oven, a breathless messenger arrived. "Bring him some water, a loaf of bread and some of the fruit," she ordered one of her maidservants.


The messenger was one of Nabal's servants. "My lady," he gasped. "My lady! We are in big trouble!"

"Calm down, young man. Catch your breath and tell me what happened," Abigail told him caringly.


He told her, "While we were watching the sheep here in Karmel, we were very afraid of stock-thieves. However, David and his men were so kind. They stayed with us the whole time, protecting and watching over us. They were like a wall around us night and day. They neither insulted us and nor stole anything from us."

David sent men to Nabal The messenger wiped away the sweat from his brow. "When Nabal brought the shearers to shear the sheep, David sent ten men to him to ask about his health on his behalf. They gave Nabal a friendly greeting and wished him all the best. Then they also asked Nabal if he would give them some of his food provisions. You yourself know that food is scarce in this barren land and David and his men deserved to receive something from Nabal for all the good things they did for him."

A frown clouded the messenger's face. "But Nabal was very unfriendly. He railed against David and his men, insulting them and flatly refused to give them anything, not even water, or bread, or meat. Nothing!"

"Oh, no! What happened then?" Abigail asked with wide eyes.


The young man went on with a troubled look on his face, "When David's men told him what Nabal said, he immediately became furious because Nabal treated them badly for all the good work they had done. David commanded four hundred of his men to gird their swords and go, fight against Nabal and us, his servants. Two hundred of his men stayed with the pack-animals to guard them."


The messenger anxiously shook his head. "Nabal is so headstrong that he thinks he can do what he wants and treat people badly without consequences. He thinks we will defeat David, but we are not soldiers. We are afraid." He pleaded, "My lady, you must do something; otherwise, we all will be dead by tomorrow."

Immediately, Abigail knew what to do. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two bags of wine, five measures of fried wheat, a hundred clusters of raisins, two hundred cakes of figs, and five slaughtered sheep and loaded it all on donkeys. She turned to the young messenger and said, "Take us to David."

In the meantime, she sent her menservants ahead with the loaded donkeys and told them, "Go! I am following directly behind you." To her maidservants, she said, "Tell Nabal nothing," and with that she climbed onto her donkey and departed down the mountain. She was in a gorge when David and his men suddenly came upon them.

Abigail brought food to David and his men When Abigail saw him, she immediately recognized David by his handsome, ruddy appearance. She quickly dismounted from the donkey and fell down before his feet and said, "Blame me, my lord, but please listen to what I want to say. Nabal is a fool, just as his name means, and the Lord will judge him. Please accept this present from me and don't let us all be punished for Nabal's mistake."

When David saw the beautiful woman pleading before him for mercy, his anger immediately subsided. He was very impressed with Abigail, especially when she said, "I know that the Lord protects you against all your enemies and that He will avenge you against them. I also know that one day, you will become King of Israel. Then you will want a clean conscience and not the guilty conscience of a murderer. When you are king, please think of me and do good to me."

David answered her, "Thank you so much for your presents. I thank God that He has sent you here today to prevent me from doing wrong and seeking revenge. Go back home in peace, without being afraid that I will kill your husband."

Abigail got up very glad and relieved and headed home. When she arrived home, she discovered her husband was feasting with all his men. He was drunk as a skunk and that evening, she told him nothing of what she had done.

It was only the next day that she told him about the food provisions she gave to David. Nabal grew so angry that he had a stroke right there and then, and became paralyzed. For ten days he could not move and then he had another attack and died.

When David heard that Nabal was dead, he got anxious about Abigail. Just as she had asked, he thought about her and then sent messengers to ask her to marry him. She was very glad and immediately got ready, climbed on her donkey, took five maidservants with her, and went to David where she became his wife.

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When it find it hard to be kind to someone else, we must remember Jesus' great kindness toward us.


1. Who was friendly, Abigail or Nabal?
2. Whose friendliness stopped David from doing wrong?
3. Have you been unfriendly to someone else? What was the reason?
4. How can you be friendly towards that person?



"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23).



"And be kind to one another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God in Christ forgave us"
(Ephesians 4:32).


Dog and boy praying

Heavenly Father, forgive us where we were
unfriendly to others. Help us to be friendly
and always do the right thing. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


1 Samuel 25:1-44
Galatians 5:19-26



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