This Week’s Topic: Fruit of the Spirit- Patience & Kindness
This Week’s Goal: Understanding the role of Patience and Kindness when led by the Holy Spirit
This Week’s Bible Reference: Galatians 5:22-23
Activity: (For All Ages; feel free to do one or both activities)
Option 1: Take some time to list the times when others have had to be patient with you this past week. (Parents, with younger kids you might have to give them specific examples of times when you have had to be patient with them.) Make a chart that lists: ‘Times People were Patient with Me’ and ‘Times I was Patient with Others.’ Ask each person to think about how other people felt when having to be patient with you.
- Goal: The goal is to see how many more times others are patient with us versus the times that we are actually patient with others.
Option 2: Create “word pictures” with your kids for: patience. *Note: Parents read “Just a Minute…Please be Patient” for a clearer understanding of what word pictures are. Then, discuss what “kindness” looks like and sounds like? It might be helpful to list a few ideas on a paper to refer back to.
- Goal: The goal is for your family to all have the ideas of what patience and kindness look like before beginning the lesson. If you are all on the same page in how these words look and sound like your understanding of one another will greatly improve.
Please feel free to do what best fits your family! (See the Intro. to Family Devotions)
*Note: This passage is not found in all Children’s Bibles; telling the story with the activity above may help younger children to understand it best.
Galatians 5:22-23 (New Living Translation) Feel free to use a different translation.
22) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Patience & Kindness
Last week we looked at Joy and Peace. Share a time that you felt joy during this past week? What was it that made you feel this joy? This week we are going to begin looking specifically the traits of Patience and Kindness in the Fruits of the Spirit.
Patience (toddlers-younger children)
Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Pages (you can use these to help explain each trait)
God’s Patience (in kid language): Patience is when you are able to wait through something hard and not get upset; it comes from knowing and following Jesus.
- But, Lord, you are a God who shows mercy and is kind.
You don’t become angry quickly.
You have great love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)
- The Lord is not slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives. (2 Peter 3:9)
- What makes us have to have patience?
- Who gives us patience?
- Why does God not become angry quickly?
- Why is God patient? (According to 2 Peter 3:9)
Patience (older children thru teenagers)
Verses that tell us about God’s Patience in our lives:
- The Lord does not become angry quickly, and his power is great.
The Lord will not let the guilty go unpunished.
Where the Lord goes, there are whirlwinds and storms,
and the clouds are the dust beneath his feet. (Nahum 1:3)
- But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:16)
- Why does God talk about not becoming angry quickly and then talk about not letting the guilty go unpunished? (You might have to read the verses around Nahum 1:3)
- What is the purpose of being used as an example of God’s great patience? (1 Timothy 1:16)
- What words would you use to describe God’s patience towards us?
Kindness (toddlers-younger children)
God’s Peace (in kid language): God’s kindness is him treating us like friends, even though it is something we don’t deserve.
- He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:7-8)
- The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. (Psalm 145:17)
- What did God do for us through his kindness?
- What did God give to us, along with his kindness?
- What is God filled with?
Kindness (older children thru teenagers)
Verses that tell us about God’s Kindess in our lives:
- For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. (Romans 8:23-24)
- Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (Romans 2:4)
- What does the verse in Romans say about the kindness God gives us? (Is it earned?)
- What does God want to the result of his kindness in our lives to be? (Romans 2:4)
- Read the Romans 2:1-4. In the context of these verses, what does God’s kindness mean for us? In light of that knowledge, what should that mean for us and for how we treat others?
This is a great and easy format to follow as a family:
A-Adoration: What things did you learn about God today? Thank God for the times when he gives us kindness and patience! Praise him that he is always patient with us and that his kindness is not based on our circumstances or what we do.
C-Confession: Confess the times that you struggle with patience and kindness in your life; ask God to forgive you. Parents, this might be an opportunity for you to ask your children to forgive you for not always being patient with them in your own life.
T-Thanksgiving: Thank God for the patience and the kindness he has shown for you. Make a specific list of the things that he has done for you this week.
S-Supplication: God loves us and loves to bless us. Tell God the desires of your heart
Extension Activities/Discussion Starters for the Week
- When at a store, purposefully go into a longer line. As you are in line, instead of thinking about how much you’d rather be in another line, use the time to pray for the people who are in line in front of you. If you feel led, ask the person in front of you how you could pray for them. Not only are you working on patience, but you are also taking time to reach out to someone else.
- Watch the movie “Pay It Forward” as a family this week. Discuss the elements of patience and kindness in this movie; there are many!
- Pick a day when everyone can do a ‘random act of kindness’ for someone else. Together, pray and ask God to reveal to you specific people with specific things that you can help them with. As a family, figure out how each member of the family can get involved. Afterwards, talk about how you think the person felt to receive that act of kindness. Talk about how other people have done something like that for you.