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Fruit of the Spirit


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Who Is Good?

by Sophia Prinsloo

Text Version


Afrikaans translation


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Theofilus was tired after the long day on the dusty roads of Jerusalem. He had helped his mother, Joanna, to take bread, fish and dried fruit to Jesus and his disciples to eat. He still couldn't completely believe that his mother had changed so much after that first encounter with Jesus months ago.

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Before she came to Jesus, she had often ranted and raved, running like a mad woman through the house, hurting herself. When that happened, Theofilus would lock himself in his room and hide under the bed, covering his ears. There he would wait and pray to God for help, until his dad or some of the servants managed to lock his mom in a room. They did it to prevent her from doing something foolish, like hurting him or somebody else.

His dad, Chuza, was a very important man and a manager for King Herod. He loved Joanna dearly, but he did not know what to do to help his wife. Yet everything changed on that day when she met Jesus. Jesus delivered her by driving out seven demons from her. Praise the Lord! From that day onward, she was calm and always loving, with joy radiating from her eyes. Theofilus was not afraid of her anymore. He was so glad and grateful for Jesus.

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Jesus healed the blind After that, he and Joanna often went to listen to Jesus during the day and, in the evenings, they told his dad everything that had happened. Sometimes they packed the donkeys with food supplies and followed Jesus to other towns. Then they shared their food with Him and his disciples.

They loved to be around Jesus. They saw the miracles He did, healing all the sick and lame who came to Him. The blind saw again, the deaf heard again, lepers were cleansed and even the dead were raised again and people's broken hearts were healed. It must have been God working in and through Him, because no man could do those things if the living God was not with him. God is a good God and Jesus is good.

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Jesus also taught about Himself. He said He was the Good Shepherd, who gives his life for his sheep. Theofilus did not yet know exactly how Jesus would do that for him, but he knew that a good shepherd would always care for his sheep and protect them against danger, even if it would cost him his own life. A good shepherd would also go and look for a lost sheep until he found it, and then he would invite all his friends and joyfully celebrate because of that one lost sheep that was found. Theofilus knew that his mother was a lost sheep who was found again.

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Although Jesus did good things, not everybody liked Him. Many of the Pharisees and scribes were angry with Jesus, because He healed people on the Sabbath. According to them, it was a sin to work on the Sabbath, but Jesus said it was right to do something good for others on a Sabbath day. He said, if we want others to do good to us, we must do good to them first. That was why Theofilus and his mother did good to Jesus, because He had done good to them first.

Jesus bent down and quietly began to write on the ground One day, Theofilus heard a loud rumpus. A woman was caught in the act of making a huge mistake. The Pharisees and scribes wanted to stone her by force. On top of that, they wanted Jesus to tell them that it was good and right to do that. Scared of the angry mob of men, Theofilus grabbed his mom's hand, pricking up his ears to hear what Jesus would say.

Jesus bent down on one knee and quietly began to write on the ground. The Pharisees and scribes stretched their necks, hoping to see what He was writing. When He was finished, all Jesus said was, "Let the one who is without sin hurl the first stone at her."

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One by one they left feeling guilty One by one, they left, feeling guilty in their conscience about their own sin. Nobody was left except Jesus and the sinner woman. Jesus had a clean conscience, but He did not judge the woman. Instead, he told her not to sin anymore and sent her away free. Jesus said that even though somebody may sin many times a day against us, we must still forgive him or her every time. Theofilus decided there and then to forgive one of his friends, who had broken the wheel off his wooden wagon.

Theofilus and Joanna also heard how Jesus taught His disciples to pray. They were to pray to God as their Heavenly Father Who does good to his children and won't give them bad things when they ask for good things. Theofilus was very glad about that, because he knew that God had also answered his prayer to deliver his mom. Jesus said not to ever stop praying, even if it takes a long time for the prayer to be answered.

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Jesus drove out the moneychangers from the temple Jesus showed us his goodness by teaching us that certain things were not to happen in God's temple. Theofilus had never seen Jesus as angry as the day when He took a whip and drove out all the money changers and sellers of doves and sheep and oxen, who were doing business in the temple. Jesus said that God's temple was to be a place of worship and not a place where people were robbed.

After another day with Jesus, Theofilus became worried and wondered if he would ever be able to become as good as Jesus. Then he remembered what Jesus had said. He said that if we stay in Him, listen to his words and do them, we will also be able to do the good things He does. We will be like a branch of the True Vine, loaded with lots of good fruit.

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That night, Theofilus said to his dad, "Dad, you know, I truly love Jesus very much and I want to do good things just like Him. I have hidden Jesus' words deep in my heart and I am going to be obedient to Him in all things. Surely He will help me do his will by the power He gives me through the Holy Spirit!"



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REMEMBER:

To be truly good, we have to know Jesus by reading his Word and then doing what it says. We must ask the Holy Spirit to help us do it.



THINK

Can you think about a few good things that Jesus did?
Was everybody glad about the good things Jesus did? Why not?
How can we know what true goodness is?
Theofilus did not yet exactly know how Jesus would lay down his life for him. Can you tell him how Jesus did that?
What do you think Jesus wrote on the ground?

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A VERSE TO LEARN

"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).

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ALTERNATE VERSE TO LEARN

"Or do you despise the riches of His goodness,
forbearance, and longsuffering,
not knowing that the goodness
of God leads you to repentance?"
(Romans 2:4 NKJV).


LET'S PRAY

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Heavenly Father, forgive us where we have
done wrong to others. Help us to know what
real goodness is and to do good to others.
Give us the power of Your Holy Spirit
to do what Jesus would have done,
even when others do not like it.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

Matthew 7:7, 18:21-22; Luke 6:6-11,31, 8:3, 15:3-7;
John 2:13-17, 8:1-11, 10:11; 15:1-5
Galatians 5:19-26

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STORIES IN THIS SERIES:

The Fruit of the Spirit
Love
Joy
Peace
Longsuffering/Patience
Gentleness/Kindness
Goodness
Faith
Meekness/Humility
Temperance/Self-Control

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coloring

Bible Colour and Learn: 16 Miracles of Jesus
Coloring: Goodness
Coloring: I Am the True Vine
Color My Sheep Hear My Voicee
Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness Coloring Page
Go and sin no more coloring page
Jesus heals the sick coloring page
Jesus heals the blind man
The Story of Jesus Coloring and Activity Book
Jesus Removing the Money Changers

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Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Pages
Fruit of the Spirit Reproducible Coloring Book, Ages 4-7
God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit
Growing as God's Child Coloring Book
Fruit of the Spirit Tree
Fruit
Fruit of the Spirit


Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Story Coloring Pages V2
Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages
My Bible Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books


stories

Best-Loved Miracles of Jesus
Jesus the Miracle Worker
Little Lost Sheep
Miracles Of Jesus
Missing: The Parable of the Lost Sheep
My First Story of Jesus - eBook
Parables, Miracles, and the Prince of Peace: The Gospel, Part 1 - eBook
Parable of the Vine and the Branches
The Good Shepherd
Some Grape Qualities
The Great Teacher in Jerusalem
The Vine and the Branches

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Fruit of the Spirit Arch Book
Fruit of the Spirit Stories For Young Children — Humility and Faithfulness
God Counts Series: 9 Fruits Alive
Life Is an Adventure with Ernie
The Fruit of the Spirit


365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners
Early Reader's Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)


activities

Bible Drill to reinforce topic from story
Fill in the Blanks (KJV)
Jesus the Miracle Worker Sticker Book: Bible Story Sticker Book for Children
New Testament Bible Stories Stickers
The True Vine
The Woman Taken in Adultery discussion questions

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Coded Bible Puzzle
Crossword Puzzle
Different Kinds of Fruit: Bible Wisdom and Fun for Today! Galatians 5: 22-23
Fruit of the Spirit Online Game
Fruit of the Spirit Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Animated Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Animated Slide Puzzle
Online Coded Bible Puzzle
Online Fruit Basket to Arrange
Online Hangman
Online Word Search
Online Word Search 2
Stickers: Fruit Of The Spirit
Unscramble
Word Search


Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games
Sticker Books


songs

Great Gobs of Goodness song
Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit CD—Goodness
The Party - Goodness

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Fruit of the Spirit (sheet music/MIDI)
I Want To Be Like Jesus (sheet music/MIDI)
The Fruit of The Spirit Song/MIDI/CHORDS
Fruit of the Spirit by Maranatha Kids
Fruit of the Spirit Cadence
Fruit of the Spirit [Music Download — Brentwood]
Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1/Hide 'Em In Your Heart 2 CD (Steve Green)
The Fruit Of The Spirit - Galatians 5:22 & 25 [Music Download — Steve Green]
Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit CD

100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
Children's Music


CDs and DVDs

Adventures with Jesus: Toby Series DVD
Animated Bible Classics: The Miracles of Jesus, DVD
Character Builders 2: Goodness & Faith: Faith: Lost in the Woods [Streaming Video Purchase]
Character Builders 2: Goodness & Faith: Goodness: What Do You Want to Bee [Streaming Video Purchase]
Greatest Heroes & Legends: Last Supper, Miracle of Jesus, Story of Moses DVD
Jesus at the Temple, the Good Samaritan, and Other Bible Stories: Volume 3 - DVD
Jesus Heals the Man with the Withered Hand
Jesus Storybook Bible Animated DVD, Vol. 3
Miracles of Jesus Superbook DVD
Parable of the Lost Sheep (watch online)
The Miracles of Jesus DVD
What's in the Bible? #10: Jesus Is the Good News - Church Edition, DVD

Fruit of the Spirit Animation online
Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
Character Builders 4: Thankfulness & Gentleness: Thankfulness: Benny's Wake-Up Surprise [Streaming Video Rental]
Character Builders 5: Sharing & Kindness: Sharing: Benny Loves Fiddleberries [Streaming Video Purchase]
Character Builders: 8-DVD Set
David, God's Champion
Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1/Hide 'Em In Your Heart 2 CD (Steve Green)
Hide 'Em in Your Heart, Volume 2, DVD (Steve Green)
Music Machine: The Fruit Of The Spirit CD
Music Machine DVD
Sunday School Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
The Bedbug Bible Gang &: Pentecost Party! DVD
The Donut Man: Barnyard Fun & On The Air, DVD
The Story of David, DVD
What's in the Bible? #5: Israel Gets a King! DVD

The Beginner's Bible Box Set, 4 DVDs
#1: Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible Storybook
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs


crafts

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Crafts: Goodness

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Fruit Printing
Fruit Basket (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Fruit of the Spirit Crafts

Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Bible Study on Good Works
Home Life Ministries Character Journal: Goodness
Money Changers
Parable of Vine and Vinedresser
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit — What is goodness?

Story Ideas
Important Notes About This Lesson and Answers to THINK Questions

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Fruit of the Spirit Story Ideas
All-in-One Bible Fun: Fruit of the Spirit (Preschool edition)
All-in-One Bible Fun: Fruit of the Spirit (Elementary edition)
Faith Case Fruit of the Spirit
The Fruit of the Spirit Bible story and activities
Fruit Basket Upset -Fruit of the Spirit Game
Experience the Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit Characters
Fruits of the Spirit and How We Can Show Them to Others
Fruit of the Spirit Fruit Bowl
Fruit of the Spirit
The Fruit of the Spirit Lesson Plan
Fruit of the Spirit Anagrams
Fruit of the Spirit Name Tags
Fruit of the Spirit
Puppet/Skits Scripts
Apple Snacks
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Fruit Kabobs
Fruit of the Spirit Pizza
Fruit of the Spirit Game
Please Pass The Fruit (Game)
Fruit of the Spirit Necklace (Memory Tool)
Fruit of the Spirit Bookmarks
Fruit of the Spirit Bulletin
Fruit Mix Discovery Bulletin Board Trimmer
The Fruit Of The Spirit, Laminated Wall Chart
Chunkie Pen, Fruit of the Spirit
How to Simply Inspire Character
Living Inside Out Kit: Bamboogie (Honoring God), Maze Days (Exodus), and Holy Grill (Fruit of the Spirit) PLUS Poster Pack, Summer 2017
Puppet Programs No. 9: Penelope and Wilbur on the Fruit of the Spirit

801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Children's Ministry
Bible Memory Games
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Seven Laws of the Learner
Spanish Resources
Sunday school resources
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know

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