Proverbs 14:29 says: "A patient man has great understanding, but a quick tempered man displays folly." Patience is one of the nine fruits of the spirit mentioned in Galations 5: 22-23. Children and teens can participate in fun and meaningful activities to supplement scripture verses that teach patience.
Children can learn patience through gardening. Grow an herb or vegetable plant by placing a seed in a plastic or foam cup full of soil. Each student should be responsible for watering the seed and placing it near a sunny window. If possible, have students transfer the seedling to a larger garden and continue growing and maintaining.
This activity requires several Bibles and a Bible reference companion book. Divide students into two teams and have them try to find as many scripture verses on patience as possible within 10 minutes. One person can look up patience in the companion book, one or more can look up verses in the bible and one can write the verses down. If possible, have more than one type of Bible available, such as a New International Version, a New King James Version and a New Living Translation. This will give them several perspectives on what the Bible has to say about patience.
Galatians 5:22-23 discusses the fruits of the spirit and is the scripture verse we most commonly refer to when discussing patience. Have students memorise and recite the nine fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Practice memorising with a matching game. Write each of the nine fruits of the spirit on index cards twice. For example, patience would have two cards. Let students decorate the cards, mix them up then place them upside down on a table or the floor. Each student gets a turn to flip over two cards. If the two cards match, they get to keep those cards. When all the cards are out, whoever has the most wins.
Have students complete a timeline on roll paper or sheets of paper taped together. Use Genesis 11-21:7 as a reference to briefly list points on the timeline of Abraham and Sarah's life experiences before they had Isaac. This exercise will help children and teens learn how long it took for Abraham and Sarah to have the son they always wanted. Post the timeline on the wall where students can look at it and further help them remember the story of Abraham and Sarah.
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