Goodness – Fruit of the Spirit

When God created the world he said that it was good! Today there are many things that are not good, but when we draw close to Jesus and walk by the Spirit we grow in goodness.

“Make sure that no one pays back one wrong act with another. Instead, always try to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:15)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
(Gal. 5:22–23)


LESSON

Supplies: Sliced apple, perhaps a model airplane or something you’ve built

Fruit Intro

Hi Kids! Over the summer we’re learning about the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. What are the Fruit of the Spirit!? When we put our faith in Jesus, we receive an amazing gift from Jesus in the form of the Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit leads us, we grow and start to bear fruit! It’s a way of saying that we become more like Jesus. Galatians 5:22-23 says: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” The last 2 weeks we spoke about love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. Today we’re going to speak about goodness! We’re going to use an apple to represent goodness because it reminds us of how the world was when God created it. God said that it was good!

Restoring Goodness

Imagine you spent a lot of time and effort building something special, like a model airplane or a maybe a work of art. You would want to do a good job at it wouldn’t you? Let’s say you finished building it and you look at it and say: “Wow, that is so good!” What would you do though if something happened that caused that thing to break? Would that be a good thing? Would you want to try to fix it and make it good again?

Who made us? [Let the kids respond] Did you know that when we’re not good then God also wants to help us. He comes and speaks into our hearts by his Holy Spirit and goodness becomes part of who we are!

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Jesus told a story about a man who we like to call the Good Samaritan:

Remind the kids about the story from Luke 10:25-37

You can draw some ideas from the parables series, but you don’t have to go into too much detail.

Partnering with God for Goodness

What the bandits on the road did to the traveller was bad. The people who walked past were considered good people. Did they do a good thing by doing nothing? The Good Samaritan did a good thing by stopping and helping. God was able to work through him to make a bad situation better. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 tells us to: “…always try to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” It’s wonderful to know that we have the Holy Spirit to help us know what is good and have the courage to do what is good.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are a good God and that you made all things good. Thank you that even though we struggle sometimes to be good that you’ve given us your son Jesus to forgive us for our sin, and you’ve given us your Spirit to be with us and show us how to live like Jesus. May each of us open up our hearts to you and allow you to work in us.


Review Questions:

  • What does it mean to be good?
  • Why do you think the priest and the Levite decided to pass by instead of help the traveller?
  • What did the Samaritan do to help?
  • How was Jesus good to us?
  • How can you do good to those around you?

Image Credit: Paul Cézanne Still Life with Apples 1890-94