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Fruit of the Spirit


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Jesus Loves Children

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version

Afrikaans translation


So what is love            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? ... (Stop here to 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.

the fruit of the spirit 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!

Mothers wanted their children to have a chance to see Jesus            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.

Jesus said Let the children come to me            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!

           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!

1. What is love?
2. Can we really love things?
3. Who were the Pharisees?
4. What did Jesus do when his friends wanted to send the children away?
5. 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

Fruit of the Spirit is love
Jesus and the Children
Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
Jesus Loves the Children

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

Coloring Through the Bible
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Stories Kids Love Coloring Book (ages 2 to 4)
Bible Verse Coloring Pages #2
Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages for Elementary Kids
Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book
Action Bible Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books


stories

Jesus Blesses the Children
Jesus Blesses the Little Children
Jesus Loves the Children
Jesus Loves Me Happy Day Book

Jesus Loves the Little Children, I Can Read!
Song Series Level 1
(Beginning Reading)

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
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

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Life of Christ - Jesus Loves the Children - Lesson and Activities
Jesus Blesses the Children, Story & Activity Book
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 Bingo Game
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
Memory Match
Online Fruit Basket to Arrange
Online Animated Jigsaw Puzzle
Online Animated Slide Puzzle
Stickers: Fruit Of The Spirit


Best Book of Bible Activities
Custom Bingo Card Game
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
Fun with Secret Codes Coloring & Activity Book, Ages 4-7
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Painting Book 1 - Bible Stories
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book of Bible Puzzles for Preteens
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Bible Crossword Puzzle Books
Games for Christian families
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 Song
Children's Music


CDs and DVDs

Lettuce Love One Another! DVD
You Are Special DVD

Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
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 Donut Man: Barnyard Fun & On The Air, DVD

The Animated Kid's Bible (3-DVD Set)
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)
Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible: The Complete Series
The Bible Collection, DVD Gift Set
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
Basket Craft

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Fruit Printing
Fruit Basket
Fruit of the Spirit Crafts

Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Maker-ific WOWS! (ages 8-12): 54 Surprising Bible Crafts

More! Bible Crafts on a Shoe String Budget:
Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes

(Reproducible: Ages 5-10)

Puppet Crafts For Kids


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Free Bible images for this story
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
The Fruit of the Spirit (printable)
Free Bible images for Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit Basket Upset -Fruit of the Spirit Game
Experience the Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit Bulletin Board Set
Fruit of the Spirit Characters
Fruit of the Spirit Classroom Chart
Fruits of the Spirit and How We Can Show Them to Others
Fruit of the Spirit Fruit Bowl
Fruit of the Spirit Object Lesson
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
The Fruit Of The Spirit, Laminated Wall Chart
How to Simply Inspire Character

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
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

Children's resources

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