Tell the Truth

Age 5+: Find the following verses in your bible.
Proverbs 12:22 "The Lord hates those whose lips tell lies, but he is pleased with people who tell the truth."
Exodus 20:16 "Do not give false witness against your neighbor."
1 Peter 3:10 "Scripture says, Do you want to love life and see good days? Then keep your tongues from speaking evil. Keep your lips from telling lies."

Under 5: Read the short summary below.

Do you know what it means to tell a lie? A lie is a story that isn’t true. Sometimes we tell a lie when we are afraid we might get in trouble. Or when we want to make up an unkind story. And telling one lie can lead to telling more lies. Lying can also hurt people and yourself. God doesn’t want you, or anyone else, to get hurt. So God always wants you to tell the truth. When you tell the truth to your parents and your friends, it makes you feel good inside. Your family and friends will know they can trust you and believe what you say.

Discussion

Preschool questions:
What is a lie? A story that is not true.
Does God want us to lie? No, he always wants us to tell the truth.

Elementary questions:
Can you think of a time in the Bible when someone lied? What happened? (Satan deceives Eve, Jacob lies to Isaac, the Gibeonites trick Joshua, Rahab, Ananias and Sapphira, etc.)

Preteen application:
What is a white lie? An unimportant lie, often to be tactful or polite.
Are white lies okay to tell as long as no one gets hurt? No, God hates all lies. Discuss ways to be honest without hurting someone's feelings.

Memory Verse: Zechariah 8:16 “Speak the truth to one another"

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse, write some of the consequences of being dishonest (it hurts people, others won't trust you, etc.), and write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Copy memory verse if able.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.