"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" Galatians 5:22-23.
You will need lollipops in an array of colors and flavors. I bought tootsie pops. Have each child pick out their favorite lollipop.
(Encourage children sitting next to each other to choose different flavors). Tell them to place it on the table in front of them and not to open it or touch it. This is practicing SELF CONTROL. (They will probably need to be reminded not to touch it throughout the lesson. After each command explain why they are doing this).
Explain that they need to wait until the lesson is over before having the lollipop. This is PATIENCE. Ask, "Does everyone like the flavor lollipop they chose?" (Tell everyone to raise their right hand so they will know which is left and right. Have them give their lollipop to the person on their right.)
God commands us to LOVE one another. If we love someone we want them to have the best. It's also a way to show KINDNESS to others when we give away something we want for ourselves.
Ask: Now, if we didn't like the lollipop we had, and gave it away so that we could get a better one, would that be an act of kindness or love? The answer is no, that would be selfishness. Now let's give our lollipop to the person on our left. This is GOODNESS. (Everyone should have the lollipop they chose.) We gave back the lollipops so that everyone would have their favorite.
Ask. Is everyone happy? Do we feel good inside knowing that we have our favorite flavor lollipop back?
This is JOY. Let's see some big smiles.
Let us show our FAITHFULNESS to God now by thanking him. Would anyone like to say a prayer before we eat?
Now let's pretend our lollipops are eggs. We have to unwrap them very carefully or they will break. This is GENTLENESS. We must treat others carefully. Now you can taste your lollipop.
(While all are eating their pops and the room is quiet, explain that this is what PEACE feels like -- maybe just for the teacher.)
Now we have an idea of what Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control feel like.
Submitted by Hilda Ward
Liberty Community Church, No. Haven Ct
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