The Simple Word for Kids

13. Fruit of the Spirit - Goodness and Faithfulness

January 27, 2021 Natalie Cone Season 1 Episode 13
The Simple Word for Kids
13. Fruit of the Spirit - Goodness and Faithfulness
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The Simple Word for Kids
13. Fruit of the Spirit - Goodness and Faithfulness
Jan 27, 2021 Season 1 Episode 13
Natalie Cone

Let’s focus on goodness and faithfulness today! First we'll go back to the basics for a moment about what the fruit of the spirit even is. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, it’s not just a one-and-done deal. I mean, sure, we get the security of Heaven after death, right? But that doesn’t mean God leaves us hanging until then. He gives us the Holy Spirit, Who guides us every day. As we grow in God, we bear fruit from our faith in Him. The fruit is evidence that we have Jesus in our hearts. A healthy apple tree grows apples. A healthy orange tree grows oranges. A healthy Christian bears fruit. How do we stay healthy as a Christian? By studying God’s Word. 

The first fruit we’ll focus on is goodness. I mean, what is goodness, anyway, really? Is it following the rules, doing your homework, and trying to be perfect? Oh no. There’s no way to be perfect. There was only one perfect human being ever … Jesus! So go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be perfect.

Goodness can go a long way to show God’s love. 

Now, does all of this goodness come from being perfect? No way. It comes from Jesus in our hearts. God is the perfect example of true goodness, and he teaches us goodness through his word. 

Now, what about faithfulness?

Well, a simple way to describe faithfulness to God is, becoming more like him.

Faithfulness means that we can always count on God.  We can trust his promises. 

Everything God promised in the Bible, he actually did. Because God is faithful. 

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Show Notes Transcript

Let’s focus on goodness and faithfulness today! First we'll go back to the basics for a moment about what the fruit of the spirit even is. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, it’s not just a one-and-done deal. I mean, sure, we get the security of Heaven after death, right? But that doesn’t mean God leaves us hanging until then. He gives us the Holy Spirit, Who guides us every day. As we grow in God, we bear fruit from our faith in Him. The fruit is evidence that we have Jesus in our hearts. A healthy apple tree grows apples. A healthy orange tree grows oranges. A healthy Christian bears fruit. How do we stay healthy as a Christian? By studying God’s Word. 

The first fruit we’ll focus on is goodness. I mean, what is goodness, anyway, really? Is it following the rules, doing your homework, and trying to be perfect? Oh no. There’s no way to be perfect. There was only one perfect human being ever … Jesus! So go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be perfect.

Goodness can go a long way to show God’s love. 

Now, does all of this goodness come from being perfect? No way. It comes from Jesus in our hearts. God is the perfect example of true goodness, and he teaches us goodness through his word. 

Now, what about faithfulness?

Well, a simple way to describe faithfulness to God is, becoming more like him.

Faithfulness means that we can always count on God.  We can trust his promises. 

Everything God promised in the Bible, he actually did. Because God is faithful. 

Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/thesimpleword)

Let’s go back to the basics for a moment about what the fruit of the spirit even is. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, it’s not just a one-and-done deal. I mean, sure, we get the security of Heaven after death, right? But that doesn’t mean God leaves us hanging until then. He gives us the Holy Spirit, Who guides us every day. As we grow in God, we bear fruit from our faith in Him. The fruit is evidence that we have Jesus in our hearts. A healthy apple tree grows apples. A healthy orange tree grows oranges. A healthy Christian bears fruit. How do we stay healthy as a Christian? By studying God’s Word. 

The first fruit we’ll focus on is goodness. I mean, what is goodness, anyway, really? Is it following the rules, doing your homework, and trying to be perfect? Oh no. There’s no way to be perfect. There was only one perfect human being ever … Jesus! So go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be perfect.

Now, When God created the earth, what did he say about it? 

Genesis 1:31 says, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good”. 

Interesting. If you go and read the full chapter of Genesis, where the Word talks about God creating everything on the earth, the light and darkness, the water, the plants, the animals, the people … after each thing, God “saw that it was good.”

The funny thing is, the Bible uses the word “fruit” several times in the very first chapter of the very first book of the Bible – Genesis. That means it must be pretty important, huh?

First, in Genesis 1:11, God made plants, and according to the Word, He made “fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, according to their kind, on the earth.” Hm. That’s actually not so different from the fruit of the spirit! I mean, you can’t eat the fruit of the spirit or anything. Obviously. But when you bear the fruit of the spirit, the holy spirit, do you think it plants seeds, as well? I mean, if seeds are in fruit, don’t you think that would grow more trees? Picture yourself as a tree. Go ahead, hold your arms out like branches and dangle your arms like leaves if you want. If your life in Christ bears the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control, it may “plant seeds of God’s love” into the heart of someone else. Once the see the Amazing Life that you have in Christ, they may be inspired to say “yes” to Jesus, too! Do you think that’s kind of like planting seeds?

So what does all that have to do with goodness? Well, goodness can go a long way to show God’s love. What are some goodness you can show? What about donating food for the poor? What about helping your brother or sister with their chores? What about encouraging a friend when they feel sad, and helping them feel better? What about helping someone who is hurt or sick? What about praying for someone when they’re having a hard time? Hm … Sounds a lot like kindness, too, doesn’t it?

Now, does all of this goodness come from being perfect? No way. It comes from Jesus in our hearts. God is the perfect example of true goodness, and he teaches us goodness through his word. So you don’t have to worry about trying to figure out goodness all by yourself … God teaches and shows us how!

But what about faithfulness? How is that connected to goodness? 

Well, a simple way to describe faithfulness to God is, becoming more like him. So, if God is the perfect example of Goodness, and we are trying to be more like him, then faithfulness IS connected!

Faithfulness also means that we can always count on God. Has he ever given up on you? Will he ever give up on you? No way! He created you because he loves you. Jesus died on the cross because he loves you! He would never, never give up on you, no matter what. Faith is a lot like trust … we can TRUST God for absolutely everything. We can trust him with our hearts. We can trust that his Word is TRUE. We can trust his promises. 

Remember how a way of showing goodness may be something like, helping your brother or sister with their chores? Well, what if you TOLD them you would help them, promised them, and then didn’t do it? That means you weren’t faithful to your promise. So the next time you tell your brother or sister that you’ll help them with their chores, will they trust you? Mmm … maybe not, because you weren’t faithful to your promise the first time … Does that make sense? 

Has God, in his Word, ever promised something, and then didn’t actually do it? No. Everything God promised in the Bible, he actually did. He promised he would send His son to save the world from their sins. That’s a HUGE promise … and he did what he promised! So when God promises you that you’ll come to heaven to be with him one day, if you’ve accepted Jesus into your heart … do you think that means he’ll actually do that? Absolutely. Because God is faithful. When God says, in Jeremiah 29:13, “And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.”, that’s a promise that you’ll most certainly find him if you seek him, or look for him. So, if you seek God, will you find him? Absolutely. He’s there! How do you seek God? I mean, if you run out into your backyard, dig a giant hole into the dirt, stick your face into the hole and call out, “God, are you in there?” Will you hear a voice shout back, “Yes! I am here! I am God, and I am here!” I sure hope not … that would be a little spooky. That’s not what this means here. If you were to look for God, where would you find him? How about, prayer? How about, your Bible? Yep. Seek God, and you will find him. It’s a promise of God, and he is faithful.

Do you think that means we should also be faithful to him? Let’s say you make the decision to accept Jesus into your heart, and then a friend asks you, “Hey, I heard you are a Christian now. I don’t believe in all that stuff. I just think it’s all kind of dumb.” Are you going to say, “Yeah, it’s pretty dumb. I don’t really believe it either.”  … but wait a minute … you told God you believe in him when you Accepted Jesus into your heart, so … does that mean you’re being faithful to God by suddenly saying you DON’T believe in him? No. Now, what if your friend says, “I heard you’re a Christian. All that stuff sounds pretty silly to me,” and YOU say, “Yeah. I’m a Christian. I believe in God. The Bible is actually full of some really cool stuff.” Would that mean that you’re being faithful to God? YES. And you know what? That means you’re also bearing the fruit of the spirit of faithfulness.

Okay, we covered a lot today, and I’m so proud of you for listening through to the end. Learning more about God is always a good choice. 

Next week I’d like to tell you about the eighth fruit of the spirit – gentleness. We’ll talk about how gentleness is a strength, not a weakness.

Have a good day, guys!

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