Fun fact for the day: you know the character Pinocchio, right? He was a wooden puppet who came to life, but his nose would grow if he told a lie. So there’s something called Pinocchio’s Paradox– if Pinocchio said “My nose is growing now” it can’t happen…think about it. If he’s telling the truth, and his nose grows, but wait–his nose only grows when he lies… maybe you need an adult to explain it.
We all say things that can’t be true sometimes–nobody is perfect and we all fudge the truth. But saying things that are almost true, or kinda true–is that lying? It’s not the whole truth, is it?
Be careful–little ‘almost true’ statements can ruin your reputation and make people doubt you. You want people to believe you right? It’s one of the commandments, and there are LOTS of other verses to show how God feels about lying like this one:
The Lord hates people who tell lies, but he is pleased with those who tell the truth.
Proverbs 12:22 (ERV)
The other side of it is to make sure you’re not lying to parents–today is a good day to work on those little white lies changing to truths.
Children, obey your parents in everything. This pleases the Lord.
Colossians 3:20 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Forgive me for lying. I’m sorry. Help me to do better. Thank you for forgiving me. Help me to stop the habit of lying. Amen.