ToolsVerse page’>James 3:13
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
ToolsVerse page’>Matthew 3:8
“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
ToolsVerse page’>Luke 3:8-9
“Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. “Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
ToolsVerse page’>Matthew 7:15-20
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. read more.
“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
ToolsVerse page’>Matthew 12:33
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
ToolsVerse page’>John 15:16
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
ToolsVerse page’>Romans 7:4-5
Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.
ToolsVerse page’>Titus 3:14
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
ToolsVerse page’>James 2:14-26
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? read more.
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
ToolsVerse page’>Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
ToolsVerse page’>Romans 8:5-6
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
ToolsVerse page’>Philippians 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
ToolsVerse page’>James 3:17
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
ToolsVerse page’>Luke 8:15
“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
ToolsVerse page’>Matthew 13:23
“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
ToolsVerse page’>Mark 4:20
“And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
ToolsVerse page’>John 12:24
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
ToolsVerse page’>Romans 6:6
knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
ToolsVerse page’>Romans 8:13-14
for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
ToolsVerse page’>Galatians 5:24
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
ToolsVerse page’>Ephesians 4:22-24
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
ToolsVerse page’>Colossians 3:5-10
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. read more.
But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him–
ToolsVerse page’>Galatians 6:7-9
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
ToolsVerse page’>Romans 6:11-14
Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. read more.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
ToolsVerse page’>Galatians 5:25
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
ToolsVerse page’>Ephesians 5:8-9
for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
ToolsVerse page’>Colossians 1:10
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
ToolsVerse page’>Colossians 3:12-15
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. read more.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
ToolsVerse page’>2 Timothy 2:22
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
ToolsVerse page’>2 Peter 1:5-8
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. read more.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
ToolsVerse page’>1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
ToolsVerse page’>John 15:4-5
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
ToolsVerse page’>Hebrews 12:10-11
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
ToolsVerse page’>John 15:1-2
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
pls read about one of the testimonies from our FCM outreach team when they were in South Africa! it is so great to see how God used them, and to realize that we trained over 20 people to go or continue more effectively into missions!
lees alstublieft een van de getuigenissen van het outreach team van onze pastoraat school die naar Zuid Afrika gingen. het is zo fantastisch om te zien hoe God ze gebruikt heeft en te realiseren dat we over 20 zendelingen / pastoraal werkers getraind hebben in de afgelopen periode zodat zij hun werk effectiever kunnen doen!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Greek word translated “fruit” refers to the natural product of a living thing. Paul used “fruit” to help us understand the product of the Holy Spirit, who lives inside every believer. The fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Spirit, not by the Christian. The Greek word is singular, showing that “fruit” is a unified whole, not independent characteristics. As we grow, all the characteristics of Christ will be manifested in our lives.
Yet, like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit will not ripen in our lives overnight. Like a successful gardener must battle against weeds to enjoy the sweet fruit they desire, we must constantly work to rid our lives of the “weeds” of our old sin natures that want to choke out the work of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to reject those old sinful desires. We can say “no” to sin and accept the “way out” God faithfully provides (1 Corinthians 10:13) by following the Holy Spirit’s leading.
As we give the Spirit more control of our lives, He begins to do in and through us what only He can do – to shape us and grow us to look like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
Since God’s goal for all His children is for us to be like Jesus (Romans 8:29), the Holy Spirit constantly works to rid our lives of the “acts of the sinful nature” (Gal 5:19) and display His fruit instead. Therefore, the presence of the “fruit of the Spirit” is evidence that our character is becoming more like Christ’s.
Paul uses 9 characteristics to describe the fruit of the Spirit in the book of Galatians.
This page links to all our ministry resources based on the “Fruit of the Spirit” passage in Galatians 5. This is often a very popular passage for children’s ministry because of the immediate life application.
Fruit of the Spirit Lessons (and coloring pages)
- Love Lesson Plan (coloring sheet – worksheet)
- Joy Lesson Plan (coloring sheet – worksheet)
- Peace Lesson Plan (coloring sheet –worksheet)
- Patience Lesson Plan (coloring sheet – worksheet)
- Kindness Lesson Plan (coloring sheet –worksheet)
- Goodness Lesson Plan (coloring sheet – worksheet)
- Faithfulness Lesson Plan (coloring sheet – worksheet)
- Gentleness Lesson Plan (coloring sheet – worksheet)
- Self-control Lesson Plan (coloring sheet – worksheet)
Fruit of the Spirit Game Ideas
- Fruit Basket Upset game idea
- Another Fruit of the Spirit game (with video demo)
- Printable review game Fruit of the Spirit BINGO
- Try “the Ninja Game” to talk about self-control
Fruit of the Spirit Music & Songs
- Video “We Got the Fruit” from Go Fish
- Fruit of the Spirit song with online video
- Another related song “The Fruit” from Seeds Family Worship
- Learn about another kids worship CD based on this theme “To Be Like Jesus”
Even More Ideas
- Spiritual Fruit object lessons
- 3 more Fruit of the Spirit activities
- Fruit of the Spirit word search activity sheet
- Lesson plan about the Holy Spirit’s role in Spiritual Fruit
- “Good Heart Farms” Free VBS program based on this Gal. 5
- View all our Fruit of the Spirit coloring pages on one page
- View all of the worksheet reviews on one page
- Read about making a fruit tray with your kids as a family devotional
- See related ideas on our Pinterest page