This Week’s Topic: Fruit of the Spirit- Goodness & Faithfulness
This Week’s Goal: Understanding the role of Goodness and Faithfulness 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: Cup Full of Goodness – (2 large clear cups, pitcher of water, dropper)
Fill one cup of water completely full to the top and maybe even overflowing. As you fill the cup with water, say, “This represents God’s goodness. God’s goodness ever is and ever will be the same fullness.” Take one dropper full of water from “God’s cup” and put it into another empty cup. Say, “This represents our goodness. Our goodness comes from God and is always changing. BUT, God’s goodness is never lessened when He gives us goodness.” (kidssundayschool.com)
- Goal: Our goodness comes from God; He is always good even when He gives us His goodness.
Option 2: Are you a family modeling faithfulness?
Make a list of commitments the members in your family have made recently. Discuss whether or not you (as a family) are being faithful to your commitments. If not, what things do you need to change in order to better model faithfulness to others (including your children)?
- Goal: Examine your family’s actions to see if you are modeling faithfulness to others.
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!
Goodness & Faithfulness
Last week we looked at Patience and Kindness. Share a time that you were patient during a difficult situation this past week? What was it that allowed you to be patient? This week we are going to begin looking specifically the traits of Goodness and Faithfulness in the Fruits of the Spirit.
Goodness (toddlers-younger children)
Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Pages (you can use these to help explain each trait)
God’s Goodness (in kid language): Goodness is more than just being good, goodness is when everything that you do is considered good (you can only live this way by a loving relationship with God).
- Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have life forever, obey the commands.” (Matthew 19:17)
- Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)
- Who is the only one who is good?
- Revisit the activity above- A Cup Full of Goodness. How do we get more goodness?
- The greatest commandment begins with loving God. How does loving someone show that you have goodness in your life?
Goodness (older children thru teenagers)
Verses that tell us about God’s Goodness in our lives:
- The LORD is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray. (Psalm 25:8)
- The LORD is good,
a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)
- Look up to the heavens.
Look around you at the earth below.
The skies will disappear like clouds of smoke.
The earth will become useless like old clothes,
and its people will die like flies.
But my salvation will continue forever,
and my goodness will never end. (Isaiah 51:6)
- We should imitate what God does. According to Psalm 25:8 he shows the proper path to those who go astray. How can we do that with our lives? Would this be a good way to define goodness in our lives?
- What is the key to being able to rely on God as a strong refuge? What does that look like in our lives?
- How does a verse like Isaiah 51:6 help encourage you?
Faithfulness (toddlers-younger children)
God’s Faithfulness (in kid language): God’s faithfulness means that when God promises that he is going to do something, you can be sure that he will do it!
- Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (Psalm 36:5)
- The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 2:22-23)
- Think about how high the sky is, where does it end? If the sky doesn’t end, does God’s faithfulness end?
- The verse in Lamentations talks about God’s mercies being a part of his faithfulness. Take time to talk about how every day God has mercy for you, like his faithfulness never ends.
Faithfulness (older children thru teenagers)
Verses that tell us about God’s Faithfulness in our lives:
- God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)
- I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3)
- Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. (Matthew 1:17)
- For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
- And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. (Luke 2:16-17)
- What does the verse from Numbers tell you about God? What does it tell you about you?
- What is the promise in Genesis 12:3? How does the passage in Matthew show the fulfillment of that promise?
- What is the promise in the passage from Isaiah? How does the passage in Luke show the fulfillment of that promise?
- How do those promises show God’s faithfulness?
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 goodness towards us! Praise him that he is always faithful and will always do what he says he will do.
C-Confession: Confess the times that you struggle with being faithful in following through on things; ask God to forgive you. Parents, this might be an opportunity for you to ask your children to forgive you for not always being faithful with them in your own life.
T-Thanksgiving: Thank God for goodness towards you and how he continues to be faithful to 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
- Older Children/Teenagers: Have a contest to see who in the family can find the most promises in the Bible and the passage that fulfills the promise. Go through the different promises together. Look at the promises that God gives. Think about what that says about God’s attitude towards us. (If you want, talk about a promise each day of the week during or after dinner.)
- Preschoolers/Young Children: Hold your child’s hand palm up, and let her know that each one of her fingers is a reminder of how God loves her and how He is faithful:
Thumb God made me (Creator) Pointer God knows me (Omniscience) Tall man God loves me (Faithfulness) Ring man God protects me (Sustainer) Pinkie God rescues me (Savior)
Point your finger to touch the middle of your child’s palm, and explain that God hides us in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:2, NIrV). — D’Arcy Maher
- All Ages: Revisit the idea of the intro. activity- “Are you a family modeling faithfulness?” Look over your week’s agenda and determine if you are going to be able to be faithful to your commitments and if not what can you change so that you are?
- Toddlers/Younger Children: Read with your children about God’s Faithfulness in the promise He gives us about the rainbow in the story of Noah’s Ark. Then have your child create their own Fruit Loop Rainbow.