On last page: Skit/Little people – mom and daughter skit (directions included at the end of this section
What do you think of when you think of the word “image?”
What do you think people would say to describe you?
What do you want people to say to describe you?
We were made in God’s image so we can reflect God’s image.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
The fruits of the Spirit are qualities of God that He gives to us. How we reflect each of the fruits is a reflection of our walk with Him and how we view ourselves.
How do I give love?
“If we look at the definition of love we find, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. But rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love NEVER fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Take an inventory (10-15 minutes):
Split up into mother daughter pairs and ask each other, “In our relationship with each other (moms and daughters)…”
- Do we give patience and kindness?
- Do we forgive each other quickly?
- Do we hope and see the best in each other?
- If not, what can we do different? How can we give each other love so we can better love other people?
- What do we need to let go of so we can celebrate each other’s strengths?
- Do I give joy to others? Is my own heart full?
- Do I share joy with my family? How?
- Do I share joy with my friends, on social media, and in my world?
- What changes could we make to communicate better, encourage each other, think about the best, laugh together?
There are so many things that battle for our peace, joy, and kindness in our relationships with one another. However, we can choose to enjoy each other, to communicate in kindness and to give love even when we are frustrated with each other. We can give the fruit/gifts of the spirit to each other.
When we feel loved, cherished, joy, peace at home and in our family relationships, we can give this gift to others.
- What is a difficult relationship where I can choose to show kindness in a unique way?
- How does living out these fruits affect my image and how people view me?
- Do I want people to see me as someone who is loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, gentle?
- What are some practical ways I can present this image in my life?
- What are some practical ways I can live these qualities (fruits) in my relationships with others?
Write down one way I can share love, joy, kindness, gentleness… in the way I live this week? (This is to share next week.)
Facilitator can lead prayer as a group.
HERE is a link to see it done
You have two people for this skit. You’ll need a table and a sheet draped if possible. One person will be in the front with the arms tucked into a pair of pants with shoes on their hands. The other is standing behind them, hidden from view. They will be the arms of the little person. To do this, a really big shirt is helpful so that they can put their arms in the arm holes while the shirt is otherwise on the first person. The person in the back uses their arms to put make-up on the first person. The fun part comes when you realize that the first person has no control over what their hands are doing however they have to speak as if they were moving those arms. Also when you realize the second person, who is the arms, cannot see anything that they are doing or reaching for. This is sure to get some laughs.