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Dressing up in God's clothes

Dressing up in God's clothes

Choose dress-up clothes that represent the fruit of the Spirit, then role-play scenarios where you respond to provocation according to the traits you are wearing.

Goal: Practice gentleness.

Begin by reading through Colossians 3:12, Galatians 5:22-23 and/or Ephesians 4:2 (see below).

Next, open your closet or dress-up box, and with the help of your children, select items to represent the character traits God says we are to clothe ourselves with: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, self-control, joy, goodness, peace, love and faithfulness. Scarves and accessories work well as you can combine them to make an “outfit.”

As you have fun dressing up in “God’s clothes,” role-play various life situations where you respond according to the character traits you are wearing. Example scenarios could include:

  • a family running late for an appointment,
  • two children wanting to play with the same toy,
  • a parent correcting a child who is blowing through a straw and making a mess,
  • a child who is teasing another child.
Relevant Scripture

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Colossians 3:12-14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”