The Fruits of the Spirit
By Mairi Seraile, Hope Preschool Teacher
After being asked to write a devotion about the Holy Spirit I felt humbled, even intimidated. I talk to my preschool students about the Holy Spirit every day but I asked myself, “How am I supposed to explain the Holy Spirit?”
Have you ever Googled: Holy Spirit? It has some very interesting truths to say but not based on faith, only facts, “for majority of Christian denominations, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is believed to be the third person of the Trinity. A Triune God manifested as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, each entity itself being God”.
Yes, I believe this and I teach it to my students every year, as a matter of fact, on a daily basis. However, the Word through the Holy Spirit’s power gives us an expanded view on who the Holy Spirit is in our lives as well as the indwelling work He does in our hearts.
Paul wrote in Romans 8:26-27: Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the Saints according to the Will of God.
I realized that I knew the answer to the question all along. It wasn’t complicated or intimidating. Actually, it’s pretty simple and fun! The Holy Spirit guided me to share with you how exactly how we as a preschool program at Hope Lutheran School share the Holy Spirit with our students. We go to the Word and teach them about the Fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22-23.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. The greatest of these is love.
As we are filled with the Holy Spirit, our character is filled with these virtues. One of our home songs in is based on this verse and the children love to sing it. We see first-hand how awesome the work of the Holy Spirit is! The children can usually relate to fruit and when we combine each fruit with the characteristics described in these verses it helps them remember how they can be kind, patient, gentle though Christ. God is powerful. He works in us, for us and through us. That is the power of the Holy Spirit in us! Praise be to God!