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Fruit of the Spirit


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Jesus Loves Children

Text Version
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards


           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 love?

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

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           Even adults don't always know what love is. The car will someday breakdown 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 roughly. "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?
  • What were the disciples doing during the storm?
  • 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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    Jesus and the Children
    Let the Little Children Come to Me
    Jesus Loves Me Happy Day Coloring Book

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    God Wants Us to Bear Good Fruit
    Fruit of the Spirit Tree
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    Fruit of the Spirit
    My Story of Jesus Happy Day Coloring Book

    Bible Story Coloring Pages V2 (Reproducible)
    New Testament Bible Story Cards Coloring Book
    My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
    Children's Coloring Books
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    Come to Me! The Story of Jesus and the Children
    Let the Children Come to Me
    Jesus Blesses the Children
    Jesus Loves the Little Children Board Book

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    Fruit of the Spirit Stories
    Fruit of the Spirit (Arch Books)
    The Fruit of the Spirit
    Life Is an Adventure with Ernie


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

    100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
    Baby's First Bible
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    Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
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    Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
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    Toddler's Bible
    Pilgrim's Progress Comic
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    Life of Christ - Jesus Blesses the Children - Lesson and Activities (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
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    Jesus and the Children - PDF - Activities (pdf) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Fill-in-the-Blank Bible Fun: Jesus Blesses the Children

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    Fruit of the Spirit Online Game
    Online Word Search
    Fruit of the Spirit Online Jigsaw Puzzle
    Online Word Search
    Online Hangman
    Crossword Puzzle
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    Jesus Loves Even Me
    Jesus Loves the Little Children
    Jesus Is My Friend Today

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    I Want To Be Like Jesus (sheet music/MIDI)
    The Fruit of The Spirit Song/MIDI/CHORDS
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    25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
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    Experience the Fruit of the Spirit
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    Fruits of the Spirit and How We Can Show Them to Others
    Fruit of the Spirit Fruit Bowl
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    The Fruit of the Spirit Lesson Plan
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    Chocolate Covered Strawberries
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    Fruit of the Spirit Necklace (Memory Tool)
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