Teach your kids the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 with this printable Bible study.
What Do You Mean By “The Fruit of the Spirit”?
One of the best pieces of advice I was given from a seasoned parent was to make the Fruit of the Spirit our family rules. At the time, I knew the phrase but didn’t remember what they were or where to find them in the Bible.
My husband and I helped teach a kindergarten class one summer and we learned the Fruit of the Spirit song. I loved the simplicity and ease of teaching a complex subject like the Holy Spirit when I applied the verse of Galatians 5:22-23 to my family:
“For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
I even included it in my Family Goals Poster I created years ago. But simply telling children (especially little children) to be these things is not enough. We have to model these behaviors and teach our kids what it looks like to be kind, faithful, good, and gentle and to practice self-control.
Modeling Galatians 5:22-23
There are many ways you can model the Fruit of the Spirit to your children. For example:
- LOVE: the next time you celebrate a birthday in your family, explain why you honor that person
- JOY: model how to make the best of a bad situation by pointing out what you are thankful for
- PEACE: try not to raise your voice with your spouse in front of the kids, showing that you can disagree and still be kind
- PATIENCE: when you are stuck in traffic, be aware of how you’re acting about it in front of the kids
- KINDNESS: if you see a homeless person, then offer to pray with them, give them food or money
- GOODNESS: be honest with your kids about something you struggle with, but tell them that you choose to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do
- FAITHFULNESS: tell your kids about a time it was hard to trust God and why you did anyway, then pray together
- GENTLENESS: it’s hard not to yell when your kids are disobeying, but it gets a better result when you speak calmly the next time they get angry
- SELF-CONTROL: point out to your kids that you really want all the cookies in the box, but you only have two for dessert because it’s not healthy for your body to eat lots of junk food
Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study for Kids
I’ve created a 10-week workbook for kids on the Fruit of the Spirit that you can use at home! The product is a digital download, so you can buy one, and print a workbook for each of your children! The best way to use these is to put the pages in a 3-ring binder, in a folder, or simply staple them all together.
The first week introduces all the Fruits of the Spirit with a:
- Galatians 5:22-23 coloring page
- Cover page for your child’s name
- Tree and Fruit of the Spirit cut and glue page
Each of the following weeks teaches one Fruit of the Spirit with a:
- Memory verse page with visuals and activities for memorizing the scripture
- Choice board with 6 activities to practice that week’s skill
- Bible story lesson with drawing and writing page
- Journal prompt for reflecting on how they applied that skill during the week
Order Your Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study for Kids
Print this instant download for a 40-page workbook on the Fruit of the Spirit. Includes 10 weeks of Bible-based challenges to help you teach your child about the 9 Fruit of the Spirit based on Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).
- Cover Page for your child’s name
- Galatians 5:22-23 Coloring Page
- 9 Themed Choice Boards
- 9 Bible Story discussion prompts
- Fruit of the Spirit cut and color activity tree
- 9 Memory Verse Pages with activities
- 9 Journaling Pages for Weekly Reflection
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