HONESTY: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Series Memory Verse: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22
Main Point: Lies hurt others; truth helps others.
Bible Story: Hamaan’s Plot | Esther 3-7
Honesty isn’t always easy. Sometimes it feels like things might turn out better if we “bend” the truth a little bit. But what might start out feeling like a little lie can quickly become a web of deceit that we can’t untangle ourselves from. When we choose truth, however, we can find the strength, peace, and freedom God wants us to enjoy.
Last week we were introduced to Maya, a teenage girl who’s got herself into a dishonest situation. Maya’s facing a difficult decision as she has to decide if she’s going to help Ripley, a dishonest kid who’s trying to cheat on an upcoming test. Will Maya be able to show honesty, or will she follow Ripley and help him steal test answers at school? Find out in this week’s episode of Up In The Air!
This weekend we looked at God’s Word and read about someone whose lies almost destroyed an entire group of people.
Haman was angry Mordecai wouldn’t obey the decree to bow down to him, so he lied by making the king think the entire Jewish nation was filled with lawbreakers. If Esther hadn’t stopped him, the king would have let Haman kill all the Jews. Esther fought back by telling the king the truth. Her bold honesty saved her people.
Lies hurt us by making us weak, but they can also hurt others. When you choose to tell a lie or to keep a truth to yourself, it doesn’t just affect you; it can hurt other people, too. When you have to choose whether or not to be truthful, remember that lies hurt others, but truth helps others.
The Bring It! Challenge
We want kids to Bring It! to church. The Bring It! Challenge encourages Motion kids to bring themselves, their Bible, and scripture they’ve learned to Motion. During Up In The Air, kids have a chance to win your their own drone, just like Maya’s in Up In The Air! For each part of the Bring It! Challenge completed, they will earn a ticket. The more tickets kids earn, the better chance they have of winning! Kids have a chance to win the grand prize — a REAL drone — or the runner-up prize — a GIANT piece of candy.
Kids can earn a ticket each time for finding Proverbs 12:22 in their own personal Bible, reciting it from memory, and saying what our series virtue, honesty, means!