The Fruit of the Spirit is a popular topic for children's Sunday school lessons. Go
online, and you'll find a lot of lessons and crafts with oranges and bananas
associated with the Fruit of the Spirit. But what does the word "fruit" really mean?
Fruitfulness is a biblical concept. Jesus used the imagery of good trees producing
good fruit and bad trees producing bad fruit in one of his parables (Luke 6:43). The
idea behind this imagery is not so much that "love" is a delicious fruit like an apple,
but that the Spirit plants seeds in our hearts and what grows is good fruit. The
Spirit makes us fruitful. Not only does the Spirit makes us fruitful, but ONLY the
Spirit has the power to make us truly loving, truly peaceful, and so forth. God bless
your teaching; may it be fruitful!
- John Haney
A NOTE ABOUT PALM SUNDAY/EASTER LESSONS!
If you have been teaching the Fruit of the Spirit throughout the school year, then
you will be celebrating Easter right about now (either in March or April). With this
in mind, I’ve written a special Palm Sunday/Easter lesson for you to use wherever
Easter falls (Lesson 35). In addition, consider giving the Me Books you’ve been
compiling as a Mothers’ Day gift! See Lesson 39.