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Fruit of the Spirit


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Jesus Loves Children

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version

Afrikaans translation


           Many people talk about the things they think they love. A little boy might say he loves his new video game. A little girl might say she loves her new doll house. A grown man might say he loves his car or a grown woman might say she loves her new hairdo. But is all of this really love? Can a person really love things?

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           Let's take a moment to think about love.... What is love? ... How can we show love? ... (Let some of the children share their ideas.)

           Love means caring for another person as much as you care for yourself. Love means to treat another person the way you want to be treated. We show our love through our actions. If you would not want to be hurt, or pinched, or kicked, or teased, or bullied, then you should never do those things to someone else. On the other hand, if you would like to be treated kindly, then you should be kind to others.

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The Bible, in 1 Corinthians 13, tells us how we show our love:

By being patient. This means waiting a long time without whining or complaining.

By being kind, even when someone is not kind to you.

By not being envious. That means being happy when good things happen to someone else and not being upset that it didn't happen to you.

By being well behaved.

By sharing and not being selfish.

By staying calm and not being quick to become angry.

By telling the truth.

           The Bible also tells us that:

Love never ends. Love lasts forever.

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Now let's take another look at the things people think they love. The little boy will eventually become bored with playing the same video game over and over. It will be left on the shelf and forgotten. Is that really love?

           The little girl will get older and find new interests, and stop playing with the doll house. Is that really love?

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           Even adults don't always know what love is. The car will someday break down, and the man will have to dispose of it and get a new one. The woman's hair will grow; she will not like it and will get a new hairstyle. All of these things are only with us for a little while. We cannot and should not love things, because they come to an end and then love would have to end. But real love never ends. We should love people and we should love God so that our love will last forever.

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           One day, Jesus and his friends were walking along the beautiful coast of Judea. As they were walking and talking, and discussing the news of the day, other people saw Jesus and wanted to hear what He was saying. Soon there was a very large crowd of people following Jesus. Some of them were sick, and Jesus touched them and made them well. Others had questions they wanted to ask and listened carefully as Jesus answered them.

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           There was a group of people called "Pharisees," who were leaders in the temple. They liked to have long discussions and especially enjoyed arguing and trying to trick one another. When the Pharisees heard that Jesus was nearby, they left their work and rushed to join the crowd. They were having a good time asking questions and trying to trick Jesus but, of course, Jesus knew what they were trying to do, and He gave them perfect answers every time. They could not trick Jesus!

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           While the Pharisees were having their discussion with Jesus, some mothers joined the crowd. They knew Jesus was a very important man, and they wanted their children to have a chance to see Him. Holding the hands of their children, they pushed through the crowd, trying to get closer.

           When Jesus' friends saw the mothers and children trying to get to the front to see Jesus, they scowled and spoke to them roughly to them. "Go away! Don't you know that Jesus is an important man? Can't you see that He is busy talking with the leaders of the temple? Take your children and go home!" Sad and dejected, the mothers turned to guide their children back the way they had come and away from the crowd.

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           However, Jesus loved children very much and had a different idea about the situation. He turned to his friends and kindly said, "No, don't send them away. Let the children come to me." Jesus' friends quickly worked to make a path through the crowd so the mothers and children could get up close to Jesus. The mothers were full of joy and excitement as Jesus reached out his arms toward their children!

Jesus and the children

           One by one, He scooped up the younger children into his loving Arms, held them close, and prayed a special prayer of blessing. He gave each of the older children a tender hug and also prayed a blessing for them. He spoke gently to the mothers and gave them a smile of approval. After each one had seen Jesus and been blessed, Jesus spoke to his friends, the Pharisees, and the rest of the crowd, saying, "Whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God as a child does, will not be able to enter into it." He was trying to help them all understand that loving God is easy enough for a child to do, and all their long discussions and arguing were unnecessary.

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THINK!

  • What is love?
  • Can we really love things?
  • Who were the Pharisees?
  • What did Jesus do when his friends wanted to send the children away?
  • Which fruit of the Spirit did you learn about in this story?

  • REMEMBER:

    Jesus loves you and love lasts forever.


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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

    "Charity suffereth long, and is kind" (1 Corinthians 13:4a KJV).
    "Love is patient. Love is Kind" (1 Corinthians 13:4a NIV).


    LET'S PRAY

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    Dear Jesus, thank You for loving me.
    Help me remember to love people
    and show my love by being kind.
    In your Name I pray. Amen.
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    CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

    1 Corinthians 13:1-13
    Matthew 19:1-15
    Mark 10:1-15
    Luke 18:15-17

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    STORIES IN THIS SERIES:

    The Fruit of the Spirit
    Love
    Joy
    Peace
    Longsuffering
    Gentleness
    Goodness
    Faith
    Meekness
    Temperance

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    coloring

    Jesus and the Children
    Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
    Jesus Loves the Children
    Let the Little Children Come to Me

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    God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit
    Fruit of the Spirit Tree
    Fruit
    Fruit of the Spirit
    Fruit of the Spirit Reproducible Coloring Book

    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

    Let the Children Come to Me
    Jesus Blesses the Children
    Jesus Blesses the Little Children
    Jesus Loves the Children
    Jesus Loves Me Happy Day Book
    Jesus Loves the Little Children/Jesus Loves Me--Sing-a-Story Book with CD
    Jesus Loves the Little Children, I Can Read! Song Series Level 1 (Beginning Reading)
    Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World
    My Pop-Up Stories of Jesus
    The Story of God's Love for You - eBook

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    Fruit of the Spirit Arch Book
    Fruit of the Spirit Stories For Children
    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

    Fill-in-the-blanks
    Life of Christ - Jesus Loves the Children - Lesson and Activities
    Jesus Blesses the Children, Story & Activity Book
    Jesus Loves Me Puzzle, 100 pieces
    Jesus and the Children - Bible Lesson and Activities
    Jesus and the Children Activities
    72 Jesus Loves The Little Children Christian Shape Stickers
    The Life of Jesus - Puzzle Block Bible

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


    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

    Jesus Loves Me
    Jesus Loves Even Me
    Jesus Loves the Little Children
    Jesus Is My Friend Today
    Let The Children Come To Me (Tiny Tot Pwaise 1 Album Version) [Music Download]

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    Fruit of the Spirit (sheet music/MIDI)
    Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1/Hide 'Em In Your Heart 2 CD (Steve Green)
    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]
    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
    Gospel Sunday School Collection - 3 CD Set
    Wee Sing Bible Songs: A Celebration of the Bible in Music and Song, Book and CD Pack
    Children's Music


    CDs and DVDs

    VeggieTales: Lettuce Love One Another DVD
    You Are Special DVD

    Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
    Character Builders: 8-DVD Set
    Fruit of the Spirit Animation (online)
    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
    The Bedbug Bible Gang &: Pentecost Party! DVD
    The Donut Man: Barnyard Fun & On The Air, DVD
    Music Machine DVD
    What's in the Bible? #12: Letters from Paul! 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)
    Story of Jesus for Kids
    The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
    The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
    Bible story DVDs
    Children's DVDs


    crafts

    Jesus Loves Me Doorknob Hanger
    Activities, Crafts and Cards for Valentine's Day

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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

    Love One Another Activity
    Love Tug Game
    Let the Children Come
    Interactive Group Activities
    Love
    The Fruit of the Spirit - Love

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

    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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