Honesty

Character trait studies you can do with your kids!

Honesty Principle- God always wants us to be honest and not to lie or trick anyone

What is honesty?-  truthfulness, what really happened, exactly what happened, what is real, the complete story

What is a lie?-  untruthful, not what happened, not all the details, leaving parts out, not saying anything, making stuff up, adding more to the story

What are some other words that mean “lie/to lie”?-  dishonesty, false, deceitful, fib, falsehood, untrue, myth

What are some other words for honesty?-   truthful, right, integrity, straightness, goodness

Bible verses about honesty and integrity–

The lines in italics are the parts we focus on with our little ones.

Proverbs 30:8-
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.”
Proverbs 12:17-
“An honest witness tells the truth,
    but a false witness tells lies.”
Ephesians 4:25-
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
Proverbs 11:3-
The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
1 Chronicles 29:17-
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”
Psalm 19:14-
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Proverbs 12:22-
“The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”

Lessons from the “Book of Virtues”

I will post the title of the poem or story and add my favorite line or a line that sums up the story best.

The Question
“Were the whole world good as you-not an atom better-
Just as strong in faith and works;
Would this world be better?”

The Boy Who Never Told a Lie
“And everybody loved him so, Because he always told the truth,”

The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf’  Aesop
“…people who lie: even when they tell the truth they will not be believed.”

George Washington and the Cherry Tree  Adapted from J. Berg Esenwein and Marietta Stockard.  First appeared in Mason Lock Weem’s imaginative biology of Washington.
“I cannot tell a lie…”

Rebecca’s Afterthought   Elizabeth Turner
“She was taught deceit to shun”

The Emperor’s New Clothes   Hans Christian Andersen
“So he praised the cloth he did not see…”

Ideas from Around the Web–

Christian Parenting Center on Honesty
Confessions of a Homeschooler Honesty Study– we are using this.
Meaningfulmama Honesty Development

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