There’s something about the things that we say that kind of stack up one way. Then there’s the way we live, or the reality about certain situations that stack up another way. If both stacks line up, you can build something strong on them. When what we say lines up with what we do, people know they can trust us—our words have strength, our lives are built with integrity.
Honesty really is a big deal. That’s why we’re spending the month of May talking about it. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
When we’re honest, when our words line up with our actions, people know they can trust us. Our relationships grow stronger. God understands the relationship between honesty and trust. This is something God set into motion in the first place.
Since the beginning, God has been in the business of making and keeping promises.
God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation of people—he was.
God told the Israelites that He would provide for them in the desert—He did.
God told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would fall if the people marched around it for seven days—it did.
God told Mary that she would give birth a Son, Jesus—she did.
That baby boy was the answer to a promise God had set in motion from the beginning: God kept His promise to send a Savior. When we were lost, He came through and sent Jesus, the Messiah, the One who in whom we can ultimately put all of our trust.
That’s really it, isn’t it? God is honest. He has proven from the beginning that He can be trusted—even to the point of sending His Son. And we’re called to reflect the image of God to a world around us that is desperate for people who will live with integrity.
We want kids to begin building the kind of lives that show they can be trusted. Because they know the One who can be trusted above any other.
We start the month with Proverbs 10:9, “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely.” Being honest isn’t just about the words you say, it’s really about the life you live. Being honest comes much easier when you are an honest person and live your life with integrity.
Bottom Line: Being truthful helps you stay out of trouble. You don’t have to worry about what will happen to you if you live life with honesty. We hope kids realize that making the wise choice to tell the truth is a great way to stay away from trouble.
In week two we head to Genesis 27 wherewe find Jacob and Esau. It seems that Jacob was always up to something sneaky. He had already conned his brother Esau out of all the wealth and power he’d receive when Isaac passed away. But Jacob hasn’t forgotten about the special blessing Isaac still has yet to give Esau. He wants in on that too. We’ll see what happens when his mom Rebekah gets involved and they scheme a plan to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing.
Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you can hurt the people you care about. We hope that kids realize that when we tell lies, it breaks relationships that should be most important to us.
For week three we’ll take a closer look at a story in 2 Kings 5 that involves Elisha and his servant named Gehazi. At a moment in time when Gehazi saw Elisha turn down a gift, Gehazi decided that he could take advantage of the situation and take the gift for himself. He went behind Elisha’s back, denied his actions, and inevitably lost Elisha’s trust.
Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you lose trust. If you continually tell lies and hurt people with dishonesty, eventually you will lose the trust of those around you. We hope kids realize that honesty helps them build relationships with others.
In week four, we’ll head to the book of Esther. We learn that Haman’s just been promoted as the king’s most important advisor, but there’s one man who won’t bow to him: Mordecai. Haman is so angry that he vows to destroy not just Mordecai, but all of his people, the Jews! Little does Haman know that Mordecai has family in high places. Queen Esther risks everything to save her people. Once her plan with Mordecai is set in motion, Haman’s dishonesty to hurt others ended up hurting himself instead.
Bottom Line: When you lie to help yourself, you hurt yourself instead. Sometimes we have a tendency to lie in order to make ourselves look good. But we can’t keep the lie for long. Eventually we’ll be found out and our lie will only hurt ourselves.
We finish off the month in 1 John 1:9. We’ll discover that not only is it important to be honest with everyone, but it’s even more important to be honest with God. God already knows what’s on your heart, but He wants to hear from you—even when it’s to confess the times we’ve messed up.
Bottom Line: Being truthful with God keeps you close to Him. We don't have to worry about telling God what we’ve done wrong. Our honesty with God will keep our relationship with Him strong.
As we look at these great stories and principles from the Bible, we hope that kids begin to live with honesty and integrity, that what they say will line up with what they do. But this won’t always be easy. That’s why our memory verse for the month can serve as a prayer for our kids when they need God’s strength to tell the truth. Psalm 119:29 says “Keep me from cheating and telling lies. Be kind and teach me your law.” We pray that this month will be a great reminder to all of us to be honest no matter what the situation looks like.
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