And we also know that the local church has a role to play in equipping families in that effort. The Fruit of the Spirit is a wonderful focus for even our little kids as these are the heart attitudes that Jesus calls us to embody in all of life.
Our recommendation is to walk through one "fruit" each week as a part of your regular Family Worship time. If you have toddler-aged children, you may slow it down and take 2 or more weeks per "fruit".
Each "week" listed below includes: a focus "fruit", memory verse, and corresponding Bible story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. If you have older kids who are reading, you may want to opt for reading the Bible story out of an actual Bible instead of the Jesus Storybook Bible.
Love | I can love God and love others
"We love because he first loved us." | 1 John 4:19
The Beginning: A Perfect Home | page 18
Self-Control | I can choose to control my actions, words, and responses.
"For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control." | 2 Timothy 1:7
The Terrible Lie | page 28
Faithfulness | I can be faithful toGod and other people, because He perfectly shows me how to be faithful.
"For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness." | Psalm 33:4
A New Beginning | page 38
Joy | I can show that I am filled with joy when I spend time with God.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." | Philippians 4:4
God Makes a Way | page 92
Kindness | I can be kind and value others above myself because God shows me how.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others." | Philippians 2:3-4
Ten Ways to be Perfect | page 100
Patience | I can be patient and wait cheerfully with God's help.
"With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love." | Ephesians 4:2
The Warrior Leader | page 108
Peace | I can have true peace by trusting in God. His peace helps me to not be afraid or worried about anything.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." | Matthew. 5:9
The Young Hero and the Horrible Giant | page 122
Goodness | I can create goodness in my heart only because of God's power working in me. God is good and loving to me all the time.
"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." | Philippians 2:13
Daniel and the Scary Sleepover | page 152
Gentleness | I can be loving, tender, calm and humble in the things I say and do.
"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." | Proverbs 15:1
God's Messenger | page 160