“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
The Wilson Year 4 class has recently been learning about how to interact with the people around us and how to be more like Christ in our interactions with one another.
We were reminded of the nine attributes of the fruit of the Spirit that God has given us to help us in our everyday lives. We also learned that these attributes are not only given to us for our own benefit, enjoyment, and satisfaction but as the book of Galatians demonstrates, they are to be directed toward other believers as well.
God made us relational, communal beings and intended that the fruit of the Spirit produced in our lives will benefit others whom we come in contact with.
Many students can recite the fruit of the Spirit off by heart but displaying these characteristics of Christ in our everyday lives and interactions with others prove to be much harder at times!
To help share what we have learnt with the rest of the school, we performed a short skit at the Year 4 assembly to remind students of these characteristics of Christ. It also served as a reminder that there are plenty of opportunities for us to carry out these attributes in an environment where students spend a lot of their time – school!
Even simple actions such as encouraging a friend or offering help to someone in need can have a huge impact. As we have the fruit of the Spirit, we are nurtured to be compassionate, empathetic, and responsible individuals and we are able to represent Christ in our communities.
We pray that as the Lord continues to develop these attributes in our students, our school community will be a place where students are always ready to support and encourage one another.