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The Four Walls of a Christian Home – Wall 3 “Truthfulness”

November 12, 2013

“”Do not lie to one another,
seeing that you put off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self
which is being renewed in knowledge
after the image of its creator.”
(Colossians 3:9-10 ESV)

The third wall is honesty. Let’s face it we all learn to lie without being taught. Anyone with kids knows that the blame game is played without having to read the rules out loud, and the blame game comes with elaborate stories sure to knock the socks of Mark Twain or E.B. White.

Truthfulness is simply being honest toward others and toward your self. The only way to come to grips with our own motives is through the Word of God. We are good at lying to others and justifying it, we are excellent at lying to ourselves and justifying it!

A good starting place for teaching your kids honesty is starting at the heart of the issue of truthfulness. See yourself as God sees you, now be careful here, don’t lie to yourself. How does God really see us? Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God sees us all as sinners, separated from Him by our sin and incapable of saving ourselves.

Being honest with ourselves means we understand the truth of sin and we realize that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)

Once we have a right understanding of ourselves before a Holy God it frees us to be honest with ourselves and with others around us, some of the others around us being our children! And hopefully they see, hear and experience our shortfalls and that helps them be honest as well.

I could have spoken of the behavior of lying, but that’s not what really is at the heart of integrity and honesty, and I wouldn’t have been honest with everyone reading this!

Lead with Love,

David

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