Though in Galatians 5:22-23 the apostle Paul exhorts Christians to exhibit the “fruit” of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – not many Christians can honestly say that they consistently adhere to Paul’s mandate. Since believers don’t always exhibit behavior characteristic of the fruit, activities and crafts that remind Christians to practice the fruit of the Spirit are a good idea because they can enhance a person’s spiritual journey.
Joy, Love, Goodness and Kindness
You can exhibit joy, love, goodness and kindness and remind people to do likewise by picking a wall at your school or church and using it to create a “Kindness Zone.” Children will post hearts on the wall pledging to do thoughtful things such as taking out the garbage without being asked, calling up grandparents to remind them that they are appreciated and telling the truth at all times.
Take a walk in the park with some of your friends, and do an experiment with them. Drop something on the grass like a key chain or bottled water. They’ll observe that no matter how you drop your object, it always ends up on the ground and won’t land on the wall or the ceiling because gravity is always faithful to haul it down to the ground. Use the illustration to remind your friends of God's faithfulness to them because, like gravity, God is constantly faithful.
Since a dove carrying an olive branch is a general symbol of peace, why not create your own dove using paper or the media you desire, and then give it to someone with whom you aren’t on the best of terms? If you make the dove out of paper, you can write a note to the person with whom you wish to reconcile.
Patience, Gentleness and Self-Control
Patience, gentleness and self-control go hand-in-hand. A good activity to help you understand your levels of patience, gentleness and self-control is to get together with friends and take turns asking questions concerning proposed behavior in a situation. For instance, ask your friends how they would react if someone took away something that belonged to them or how they would respond if they got what they always wanted. If their answers are not patient, gentle or exhibiting self-control, have them explain what they could do to change their behavior.
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