It has been a busy summer at our house — family visiting us, trips to see family, and all the usual summer stuff. I hope to begin writing a new blog series soon. In the meantime, here are five free lessons from the Truthfulness unit of our book, Character Building for Families, Volume 1. There are nineteen lessons in that unit, which will lead you and your children into thinking about truth in speech, actions, and most importantly, truth as an attribute of the heart. I hope you will enjoy the lessons!
- “Today we begin a new unit — TRUTHFULNESS. What would be a good definition of truthfulness?”
- DEFINITION: “Truthfulness is saying, thinking, and living what is really so. The opposite of this would be saying, thinking, or living a lie.”
- “Why is being truthful so important in God’s eyes?” (God is truth; His Word is truth.)
- “God wants us to be like Him. That’s why He teaches us about truthfulness in the Bible.”
- Read Psalm 19:7-10. Discuss each verse carefully, emphasizing the points listed below:
- 7 — Law of the Lord perfect (no mistakes, complete). His testimony is sure (unshakably true).
- 8 — His statutes right, His commandments pure (clean of error)
- 9 — His judgments true
- 10 — “Therefore, because of His truth, how can we feel about His Word?” (more desirable than wealth, sweet to us)
- Read Psalm 119:140, 142, and 160.
- “Does God’s Word have error or lies in it?” (v.140 — very pure, v.142 — is the truth)
- “Can we trust all of God’s Word as truth, or is some of it just stories?” (v.160 — true from the beginning)
- Thank God for the truth of His Word.
- “What is our definition of truthfulness?” (Refer to Day 1.)
- “Let’s look at a few Scripture verses that tell us God’s Word is completely true.”
- Psalm 12:6 — very pure, no imperfections
- Psalm 93:5 — very sure, or certain
- II Samuel 7:28 — “…thy words be true…”
- Proverbs 30:5 — “Every word of God is pure…”
- “Jesus also had some things to say about the truth of God’s Word.”
- John 10:35 — “…the Scripture cannot be broken.” (proved false, contradictory)
- John 17:17 — God’s Word is truth; we are sanctified (made clean and holy) by God’s true Word.
- Thank God we can trust in the purity and truth of His Word.
- “Would God ever lie to us?” “How do we know He wouldn’t lie?”
- Read the following Scriptures and discuss:
- Titus 1:2
- Numbers 23:19
- Hebrews 6:18
- “Because of these Scriptures we have just read, and the verses we studied in our last lesson, we can be confident God would never lie to us. It is not at all in His nature. He says exactly what He means.”
- Thank God and tell Him how glad we are He cannot lie.
- “What was our definition of truthfulness?”
- “What have we learned about God’s truthfulness?”
- “What have we learned about the reliability of His Word?”
- “Jesus says He is Himself truth.” (Read the following verses together.)
- John 14:6 — the way, truth, and life
- Revelation 3:7
- Revelation 3:14 – “Faithful and True” is one of the names, or titles, of Jesus.
- Revelation 19:11 — again referring to Jesus as Faithful and True
- “Proverbs 14:5 tells us, ‘a faithful witness will not lie.’ Since Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness, we know He will not lie. We can trust fully whatever He says.”
- “If God is always truth, where do lies come from? Let’s read John 8:44 to find out.” (read)
- “The devil is the father of lies. He never, ever tells the truth. Even when he quoted Scripture to Jesus in the wilderness, he twisted it by pulling it out of context. He likes to tell half-truths. Half-truths are just another way of lying. They are not true at all. Can you explain a half-truth to me?”
- “This is why we must be so careful to know the whole Bible well, so we don’t get fooled by the devil misquoting Scripture to us, in our minds, or through false teachers.”
- “If the devil is the father of lies, does that mean we can blame it all on him when we lie?” (No, we must take responsibility for our own actions.)
- Thank Jesus that He is the Faithful and True Witness. Ask Him to keep us from being fooled by the devil’s lies.
- “Who is truth?”
- “Who cannot tell the truth?”
- “Who cannot lie?”
- “Whom do we want to be like?”
- Read Proverbs 6:16-19.
- “What is an abomination?” (a hateful, grossly disgusting thing)
- “Notice that at least two of the seven things mentioned that God hates concern lying– a lying tongue and a false witness that speaks lies. ‘A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations’ could also have to do with lying, because wicked imaginations are evil thoughts, which could be thoughts not filled with truth.”
- Read Proverbs 12:22.
- “What does God have to say about lying?” (an abomination)
- “What does God have to say about those that act in a true fashion?” (He delights in them.)
- “Today we have talked about three ways that a person can either tell the truth or lie:
- By speaking (Prov. 12:22, Prov. 6:17)
- In the thoughts (Prov. 6:18)
- In the actions (Prov. 12:22)”
- Pray for grace to tell the truth in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions.
Unfortunately, the blogging platform I use doesn’t permit me to accurately show how the pages look in our Character Building for Families books. But here is a picture.
I hope you enjoy using the lessons I’ve posted! If you think you would like more, please visit us at Character Building for Families! And, if you have found these five lessons useful, please pass on the post link to others who might also benefit from them. Thank you!