The Fruit of the Spirit – Galations 5:22-23

I want to fill this section with our favorite desserts made with fruit.  I also wanted to try to encourage you to talk to your children about the Fruits of the Spirit found in the Bible.  I have related each Bible fruit with a piece of fruit to help explain the fruits better to your children.  Have fun and enjoy these recipes. 

We all try to teach these fruits of the Spirit to our children every day.  The next time your family eats a piece fruit try to talk about what the Bible says about that particular fruit.  In Galatians 5:22-23 the Bible says, “The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. 

Love – Strawberries

Strawberries

Strawberries are the fruit of love. They remind us of love because we often share them with the people we love.  God’s love is different than worldly love.  God’s love is not based on feelings.  It is a decision to be committed to others without any conditions or circumstances.  With God’s love, we love people who do not love us.  Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13  The best scripture about love is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

Joy – Pineapple

Pineapple is the symbol of hospitality.  People are joyful when they share their homes and a meal with others.  God’s view of joy is more than happiness.  Our joy comes from believing in God, obeying his will, receiving his forgiveness, fellow-shipping with other believers, helping others needs, and sharing God’s Word with others.  These are the things that God says will bring us joy and happiness.  Jesus said: “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.”  John 17:13

Peace – Watermelon

Watermelon

Eating a piece of watermelon reminds us of the peace that God wants us to receive.  Peace is lack of fear.  It is harmony and unity between people.  Peace is freedom from worry.  Jesus is our Prince of Peace.  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6-7

 Patience – Lemon

A lemon is a symbol of patience.  You have to eat it slowly because of its sour taste.  Patience is a slowness in avenging wrongs.  It is restraining yourself from speaking or acting with wrong doing when faced with disagreement, opposition, or persecution.  Patience is bearing pain or problems without complaining.  A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.  Proverbs 14:29

Kindness – Grapes

Grapes

When we eat grapes, we often share them.  A stem of grapes can be shared with many people.  Grapes represent being kind to others because we can share them.  Kindness is showing goodness, generosity and friendliness.  A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.  Proverbs 11:17

Goodness – Bananas

Bananas remind us of goodness. Children love bananas just because they taste good.  Goodness is the selfless desire to be open hearted and giving to others above what they deserve.  “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s grace.”  1 Peter 4:10

Faithfulness – Cherries

Cherries grow on a stem two together.  They remind us of God’s faithfulness.  When a husband and wife are joined in marriage, they become faithful to each other.  They are devoted to one another.  Faithfulness is a devotion to God, family and friends.  It is a dependability to carry out responsibilities.  Let Love and Faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Proverbs 3:3

Gentleness – Peach

Peach

The peach reminds us of gentleness.  You have to be gentle with a peach or you will bruise it.  Gentleness is a manner that comes from a position of strength and authority.  You need gentleness when calming others anger.  Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and I will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Self Control – Apple

The apple reminds us that we need to have self-control.  Eve needed to restrain from her desire to eat of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.  Self Control is to restrain one’s emotions, actions, and desires to line up with God’s will.  Self Control is not living for one’s own desires.    “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self control.”  Proverbs 25:28


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