Teaching children about the fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23).
Teaching children about reflection.
Teaching children that our heart is like a mirror that reflects.
When you look into the mirror, what do you see? What is reflected back to you? What is reflection?
In James 1:22-25, it is written:
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only… For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass [mirror]: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgeteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
1) foil, 2) scissors, 3) toy mirror, 4) parchment paper, 5) scotch tape, 6) construction paper.
Begin the lesson by passing around a mirror to each child. Have each child look into the mirror and describe what they see. For example, I see my brown eyes, I see my nose, I see my freckles, etc.
The mirror merely reflects you. Spiritually, our mirror (our heart) should NATURALLY reflect the fruit of the Spirit. This should become your nature! This is the nature that God requires. This is the nature that will enter the Kingdom of God!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galations 5:22)
“God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
In Him is no darkness at all, for He is light (1 John 1:5). He is also the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And where shall we go? Only He has the words of Eternal Life (John 6:68). “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14). “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living water.” (John 7:38).
Amen. I believe this and have this living water IN me, Thanks to God’s GREAT Mercy! “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and GRACE, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…” (2 Timothy Chapter 1) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His MERCY He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by His GRACE, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7)
After the children take turns passing around the mirror, ask the children what reflection is and do a brief lesson/discussion on reflection. Next, explain that our hearts are like a mirror, reflecting back what we have in our hearts. When we believe in God and continue in His word, our hearts will naturally reflect the fruit of the Spirit.
Next announce to the children that they will be making their own mirrors (see step by step instructions below).
After the children enjoyed assembling their mirrors, we then played with the mirrors. Describe different situations in life to the children and have them choose which side to show. For example, you are at the doctor’s office with your mother and keep complaining over and over again. Does that show the fruit of the Spirit (the side that reflects) or not? (Children should show the side that does Not reflect). How about being kind to your sibling and sharing your favorite toy with them? (Children should show the side that reflects). What about if someone asks you to lie for them? (Once again, show the side that does Not reflect back).
I prepared this lesson ahead of time and cut out circles for the mirrors, the mirror handles, as well as the different text for the fruit of the Spirit.
During the lesson, the children taped/glued (whatever is your preference) all of the pieces together. Then came the fun part. To further teach the children on reflection, we actually made two sides to our mirror. One side represented the side that reflects (made out of foil), whereas the other side represented the side that does not (made out of parchment paper -or- you can use a white coffee filter). 🙂 After the children (with the teacher’s help of course) constructed their mirrors, we then glued the fruit of the Spirit text onto the foil, onto the side that reflects back.
Draw/Trace a large circle for your mirror (we used a large bowl to trace).
Draw and cut out the mirror handles.
Tape/assemble the mirrors.
Now trace the same circles on the foil (to represent the side that reflects) and on the parchment paper (to represent the side that does not reflect).
Cut out the circles you traced.
Finally, tape the fruit of the Spirit text onto the side that reflects.
Optional Lesson Ideas
Another lesson we did for the fruit of the Spirit, is to make our own fruit of the Spirit baskets. You can draw these, like I did, or, you can use the printables that we have already drawn for you (PDF document to come).