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Sunday, 25 October 2020
Welcome back to another fun filled email exploring the Fruit Of The Spirit. This week we will be looking at gentleness.
This Fruit of the Spirit series is based on St Paul's letter to the Galatians 5:22-23 "By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
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Week 8 - Gentleness
I wonder ...
Questions to ask your parents!
I wonder what it means to be gentle?
I wonder, in what ways can we be gentle?
I wonder how God is gentle?
I wonder if you can think of any bible story where Jesus showed His gentleness to others?
I wonder how God has shown His gentleness to you?
I wonder how you are gentle to your friends?
I wonder how God has been gentle to you?
I wonder how you show gentleness in your life?
Fruit of the Spirit
For this craft I thought we would encompass all of the Fruit of the Spirit by making this fruit.
Firstly you will need to cut nine slices of coloured paper and write each Fruit of the Spirit on them; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. You will also need to make a leaf for the top of your fruit. On it, write 'Fruit of the Spirit'.
Using a split pin for the bottom of the fruit, push your paper strips through making sure they go round in a circle. Once all the strips of paper all are on, open up your split pin. This can be tricky so ask an adult to help you with this.
Repeat the same process for the top of your fruit making sure to include the leaf at the top. If you have a pipe cleaner you can add it to the top securing it through the paper or around the split pin.
Credit: Activity Ark
As many of you know we have a cat called Crumble. Crumble and Joshua have a love/hate relationship. Joshua loves to watch her do everything whether its eating, drinking, coming in or out of the cat flap, stretching or sleeping, Joshua is transfixed by her. Crumble on the other hand stays well away from him, there have been times where she has done something resembling parkour over sofas and toys so that she doesn't go near him. We have however, tried to help their relationship by getting Josh to stroke her. Josh being 8 months old just wants to grab her and doesn't understand the meaning of the word gentle. Despite us saying 'be gentle' over and over again. Josh can be gentle, he is able to give some gentle cuddles but he is also able to to be rough and unintentionally head butt you.
Like Josh, we all have the ability to be gentle or harsh with our words, actions and attitude to others. This can be on purpose and at other times unintentional. In today's world we can sometimes see gentleness as being weak. However, gentleness means having great power but choosing to use it in a compassionate way for the benefit of others.
In John 8 we read of Jesus' gentleness when the Pharisees brought a woman to Him who was caught in adultery. The Pharisees questioned Jesus as to whether they should stone her, as the Law of Moses says, or not. Once again the Pharisees were trying to trick Jesus. If He said to stone her they would have called Him a hypocrite because He was always teaching about mercy. However, if He said not to stone her, they would have charged Him with breaking the Law of Moses. So what did Jesus do? He bent down and started to write something on the ground with His finger.
No one knows what Jesus wrote, or why He wrote anything down at all. Some people think he may have written all the sins of the people around him like in a word cloud or maybe some of the different laws of Moses. All we know is, after a while, Jesus stood up and said something which showed gentleness. He said, 'Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her' He then knelt back down again and carried on writing in the sand. Everyone who heard these words soon started to leave, from the oldest to the youngest, until there was just the woman and Jesus left. Jesus tells her to go and leave her life of sin behind.
What an amazing example of gentleness from Jesus! He had the power to condemn and the right to throw a stone at her, but instead He showed gentleness. Jesus has the power to judge us for all our sins too but instead He chooses to show grace. Gentleness is having the power to break something but choosing to mend it instead. This is what Jesus did for the woman who was caught in adultery but also us too. He knows the sin of the world has already broken humanity but through His grace and mercy He was willing to fix it.
It is easy to be like the Pharisees in that story, to use our power to condemn others and be harsh with our words and actions rather than be gentle and compassionate with them.
How can you show more gentleness in your life?
Have there been times where you have chosen to use harsh words rather than gentle words?
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