Sunday, May 13th - The Fruits of the Spirit Wk. 1

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The next two weeks in our series about the Holy Spirit we're digging into the fruits of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift God gives Christians to help them live lives that please him and show his love to those who don’t know God.

Scripture this week: Galatians 5:22-23

" But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

As we begin to learn about the fruit of the spirit, we will learn that God uses us as his instruments to show his love to others! Jesus was the ultimate expression of God’s love, and all the qualities of God that made Jesus who he was—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—become qualities in us the closer we grow in our relationships with Jesus. The Holy Spirit equips us with these "spirit-powers" giving us the ability to act and serve differently in a world that is often selfish and focused on power and money. When we tap into the spirits-power we can act with super-love, super-patience and we are certainly filled with super-joy!

Next Steps for Parents & Grandparents: Go through the lists of fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23 think about these traits and  begin to identify them in your child. Call them out when they have acted with patience, when they have chosen peace over a fight, and them they have shown self control. Use these instances are opportunities to talk about how the Holy Spirit is working in them. Invite them to point these traits out when they see you acting with kindness, joy, and gentleness...