Self-control: 2 Ways to Teach Our Children

Teen seeking God's Word for self-control in his life

Self-control, a characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), is evident by its absence in many today. Although, adolescence is typically a time when self-control is at its lowest, there are ways to prepare teens to use restraint in the decisions they make. The Consequence of No Self-Control…  Read More

Gentleness: From Toddlers to Teens

siblings showing gentleness to baby brother

Gentleness, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), might seem out of place in our brusque, twenty-first century world. However, when Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians, the world was no less harsh than today. Perhaps it’s that very harshness that makes a gentle spirit so valued. Teaching Gentleness…  Read More

Faithfulness Learned from Trustworthy Parents

Faithfulness learned from father who keeps his promises

Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) that our children learn about through their relationship with us. How do we teach children to have faith in a God they cannot see?  We first teach them to have faith in someone they can see—their parents. Faithfulness Learned from A…  Read More

Goodness: Teach Obedience before Moral Lesson

Goodness a lesson two little girls need to learn

Goodness, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), can also be called righteousness or moral excellence. What does that look like in a child, and how do we guide our children to embrace goodness? Goodness at Age Three Emma and Madison, three-year-old friends, are playing with their dolls while their…  Read More

Kindness Taught by “Heart Training”

Student shows kindness by sitting with lonely handicapped girl

Kindness in children is a joy to observe. A three-year-old generously shares her toys with a visiting friend. A fourth-grader joins a handicapped classmate in the cafeteria, because she’s at a table by herself. A sophomore stops in a crowded hallway to help a fellow student pick up the books he…  Read More