One little white lie. Can it really be so bad? To a perfect and holy God, one little white lie is a huge deal! Just like one drop of something gross can ruin a pure glass of water, one little lie taints us and makes us imperfect. Nothing we can do can make ourselves clean. Thankfully our holy and just God is also loving and merciful and provides a way for us to be clean again.
HONESTY: Telling the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth
MEMORY VERSE: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in those who tell the truth." PROVERBS 12:22 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: We Are Honest Because It Honors God
After wandering in the desert 40 years, Israel finally entered the Promised Land. God had made a covenant with Israel to fight for them if they trusted and followed His word. After the battle of Jericho, one man, Achan, had taken treasure that belonged to God, hid it and lied about it. His lie broke the covenant and dishonored God. Yes, even one little lie makes us imperfect and breaks our relationship with the Lord. The consequence for Achan’s sin was death and that’s the same consequence we all deserve because of our sin. However, God, in His mercy, gives us time to confess, repent and accept His free gift of forgiveness so that we can have a relationship with Him again.
- Read Joshua 6-7. What instructions did God give the Israelites?
- How had Achan not honored God? How did his lie affect others?
- Why is even one little lie such a big deal to God? Talk about the amazing gift of grace God offers us even though we are sinners.
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Teacher: Honesty Matters
While at dinner this week bring up the topic of honesty. Ask your family if they think anything is affected when they don’t tell the truth. Then ask them what is affected if they are dishonest but never get caught. After you have given them time to answer, explain that dishonesty breaks relationship between them and God as well as other people. So even if you never get caught and your dishonesty is never found it is dishonoring to God. Dishonesty, although you might not realize it, breaks down relationships and can directly hurt others.
Friend: Honesty is Worth It
While driving tell your family that the sky is red! Be really convincing and energetic about the sky being red. Tell them to look out the windows so they can see it. Most likely they will respond by telling you that it is NOT red but it IS blue. Make this debate lead into teaching your family that while we can lie it does not change the truth. No matter how many times you said the sky was red it did not change the truth that the sky is actually blue. Dishonesty never actually changes the truth and God is the source of all truth. So being honest honors God.
Counselor: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
As your family is going to bed read them the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. After you have read it ask your family to give you a few reasons why honesty is so important. Ask them how the story would have changed if Peter had been honest. Pray and ask God to give you the courage to be honest even when it is hard.
As you are getting your family ready for the day spend time memorizing and saying aloud this month's memory verse. "The Lord detests lying lips but he delights in those who tell the truth." Proverbs 12:22
Thank God for being holy and just and also for his mercy and forgiveness. Ask Him to help you honor Him with your words this week and that you would be an example of His truth to others.
Next week we are continuing the month of May with HONESTY. We will be learning that we are honest because God knows our hearts.
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