Fruits of the Spirit – Gentleness

The kids and I have our Bible Time in the morning at the kitchen table while they eat breakfast.  It’s the way we begin our homeschool day.  We continued our discussion on Gentleness throughout the week last week.  I found this neat idea which really drove the point home.  It came from an excerpt a friend had torn from the Aug./Sept 2011, Focus on the Family Magazine.

I held up a balloon and a wooden skewer and had my son try to get the skewer through the balloon.  Of course he stabbed it and it popped.

I then took another balloon that had already been blown up (not too tight…you should be able to poke a finger inward pretty easily).  I had rubbed dish detergent on a wooden skewer in advance.  I gently rotated the skewer and pushed it through the balloon starting at the end at the top that has the darker colored spot…and ending on the bottom end, just beside the knot.

The kids were amazed!!

We discussed that when we use force to get what we want, it just doesn’t work so well!  In fact, we usually wind up with a mess!  When we are gentle, we can get things done.

We read the scripture from Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

click to enlarge so that you can really see the skewer

We brainstormed ways to apply the scripture.  For example, when your sister has your toy, what could you do/say to show gentleness verses yelling and snatching the toy back.


3 Replies to “Fruits of the Spirit – Gentleness”

  1. Am trying to plan a session on gentleness for a toddler / pre-school group and was struggling for inspiration, but just love your balloon illustration – with that age group something visual will really help the words sink in (and I like to think that they will be amazed!) Thank you.


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