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Fruit of the Spirit


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Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

by Sophia Prinsloo

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Afrikaans translation


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"I have pushed you far enough, it's my turn now!" Quintin complained to his older brother who was sitting in the go-cart, turning the steering wheel to make wide turns in the yard.

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"Only a little further, Quintin! I am older and deserve to be pushed further!" replied Terrence.

"Mom, Mother, Mo-o-o-om!" yelled Quintin. Their mother anxiously looked through the window to see what the racket was all about. "Mom, Terrence doesn't want to give me a chance on the go-cart! It's not fair, because I must push him the whole time!"

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There was great excitement in Jerusalem because of the Passover Feast and the dusty roads were full of people coming from far and near for the celebration. Jesus and his disciples were there, too. After a long day, they sat down tired and hungry at the supper table in the upper room.

Jesus knew He would soon be crucified, but He was determined to do the will of his heavenly Father. His heavenly Father had entrusted Jesus with the salvation of all humanity, because Jesus dearly loved his people. He loved them so much that He would give his life for them.

Their host provided a bowl of water Their host had provided a bowl of water and a towel for the group of tired men so that they could wash their dirty feet after taking off their sandals. However, there was no servant, as the custom was, to wash their feet.

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While they were sitting at the supper table, Jesus got up, took off his outer garments, picked up the towel and fastened it around his waist, just like servants did in those times.

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"What is the Master doing now?" the disciples wondered silently. "He never does something without reason."

Jesus kneeled down in front of each disciple Jesus kneeled down in front of each disciple and, like a servant, washed their feet and dried them with the towel that hung around Him. Some of the disciples got all teary-eyed, while others were speechless. When it was Judas' turn, a tear rolled over Jesus' cheek, because He knew Judas would betray Him. Yet He washed his feet too.

When Jesus reached Peter to wash his feet, Peter could not contain himself any longer. "How could the Master humble Himself to do a servant's job?" he thought to himself. "Lord," he asked, "are You going to wash MY feet?"

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Jesus replied, "What I am doing, you don't understand now, but after this you will understand."

Peter did not want to allow Jesus to humble Himself Peter did not want to allow Jesus to humble Himself in front of the likes of him, a lowly fisherman, so he told Jesus, "You shall never wash MY feet!"

Jesus answered, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."

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That frightened Peter because he so dearly wanted to have a part with Jesus. He quickly replied, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"

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Jesus knew that Peter had a good heart and answered him, "He who has already bathed needs only to wash his feet to be completely clean, and you are clean, but not all of you."

He said not all of them were clean, because Judas' heart was not clean. Jesus knew Judas had already schemed with the Pharisees to betray Him.

When Jesus was finished He sat down at the table with them When Jesus was finished, He put on his garments, sat down at the table with them and asked them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call Me Master and Lord, and you are right, for I am that. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Even though I have washed your feet, you are not more important than Me. Now that you know how to follow My example, God will bless you if you serve one another in love."



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REMEMBER:

It doesn't matter how important you think you are. You are never too important to do something good for somebody else.



THINK

1. Did Terrence behave right? Why or why not?
2. Did Quintin respond the right way? Why or why not?
3. What do you think their mother said to them?
5. How can Quintin and Terrence follow Jesus' example in this story?

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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

"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls"
(Matthew 11:29 NKJV).


LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus
as an example of how we must live.
Help us to be humble and meek like Him and
serve others in love. In your Name I pray. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

John 13:1-17
Galatians 5:19-26

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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 Humbly Washing the Feet of the Disciples
Coloring: Jesus Washing the Disciples' Feet
Jesus Washed the Apostles' Feet
Jesus Washing the Disciples' Feet online coloring
The Jesus Bible for Kids Coloring Book
The Story of Jesus Coloring and Activity Book

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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

Beginner's Bible: Jesus and His Friends, My First I Can Read! (Shared Reading)
Beginner's Bible Stories About Jesus boardbook
Jesus Washes Peter's Feet, Arch Book Series
Washing Feet

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By Their Fruit (watch online)
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

Servant Jesus Jigsaw Puzzle (online)
Fill in the Blanks (KJV)
Disciples of Jesus Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Friends of Jesus Crossword Puzzle
Friends of Jesus Word Scramble
Jesus Washed the Disciples' Feet Word Search
Life of Jesus 24-Piece Puzzle
Life of Jesus Puzzle and Activity Book
Play Umbrella Tag
Spot the Difference
The Beginner's Bible All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book
The Master Becomes a Servant
The Story of Jesus Activity Book
Worksheet

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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

I Don't Have to Wait Until I'm Grown Up
Jesus Washes Peter's Feet [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

The Last Supper Superbook DVD
Beginner's Bible Jesus and His Friends Audiobook [Download]

Fruit of the Spirit Animation (online)
Auto B Good Fruits of the Spirit DVD
Character Builders, 2 Disc Set (Repackaged)
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
Sunday School Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
The Donut Man: After School & The Repair Shop, DVD
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 Washes His Disciples' Dirty Feet
Humble Bees Craft
Rotten Fruit and Good Fruit 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

Bible Study on Humility
Choosing Humility Curriculum
Free Bible images for this story
Kids Of Integrity - Humility
Home Life Ministries Character Journal: Humility—God Loves Humility
Pride and Humility Object Lesson (watch online)
Showing Humility Puppet Skit
The Master Becomes a Servant

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

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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,
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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
Review Activities for Bible Lessons
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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