honesty
In May, Eden’s Kids are learning about Honesty (Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do).  Our lessons for the month are:

Week 1 (May 3):  We start the month with Proverbs 10:9, “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely.”  Being honest isn’t just about the words you say, it’s really about the life you live.  Being honest comes much easier when you are an honest person and live your life with integrity.
     Bottom Line: Being truthful helps you stay out of trouble.  You don’t have to worry about what will happen to you if you live life with honesty.  We hope kids realize that making the wise choice to tell the truth is a great way to stay away from trouble.

Week 2 (May 10):  We learn from Genesis 27, where we find Jacob and Esau. It seems that Jacob was always up to something sneaky.  He had already conned his brother Esau out of all the wealth and power he’d receive when Isaac (their dad) passed away.  But Jacob hadn’t forgotten about the special blessing Isaac still had yet to give Esau; he wants in on that too.  We’ll see what happened when his mom, Rebekah, got involved and they scheme a plan to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing.
     Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you can hurt the people you care about.  We hope that kids realize that when we tell lies, it breaks relationships that should be most important to us.

Week 3 (May 17):  We’ll take a closer look at a story in 2 Kings 5 that involves Elisha and his servant named Gehazi.  At a moment in time when Gehazi saw Elisha turn down a gift, Gehazi decided that he could take advantage of the situation and take the gift for himself.  He went behind Elisha’s back, denied his actions, and inevitably lost Elisha’s trust.
     Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you lose trust. If you continually tell lies and hurt people with dishonesty, eventually you will lose the trust of those around you. We hope kids realize that honesty helps them build relationships with others.

Week 4 (May 24):  We’ll head to the book of Esther. We learn that Haman was just promoted as the king’s most important advisor, but there’s one man who won’t bow to him: Mordecai. Haman was so angry that he vowed to destroy, not just Mordecai, but all of his people:  the Jews!  Little does Haman know that Mordecai has family in high places. Queen Esther risked everything to save her people.  Once her plan with Mordecai was set in motion, Haman’s dishonesty to hurt others ended up hurting himself, instead.
     Bottom Line: When you lie to help yourself, you hurt yourself instead. Sometimes we have a tendency to lie in order to make ourselves look good. But we can’t keep the lie for long. Eventually we’ll be found out and our lie will only hurt ourselves.

Week 5 (May 31):  We finish off the month in 1 John 1:9.  We’ll discover that, not only is it important to be honest with everyone, but it’s even more important to be honest with God. God already knows what’s on your heart, but He wants to hear from you—even when it’s to confess the times we’ve messed up.
     Bottom Line: Being truthful with God keeps you close to Him. We don’t have to worry about telling God what we’ve done wrong. Our honesty with God will keep our relationship with Him strong.

As we look at these great stories and principles from the Bible, we hope that kids begin to live with honesty and integrity–that what they say will line up with what they do. But this won’t always be easy. That’s why our memory verse for the month can serve as a prayer for our kids when they need God’s strength to tell the truth. Psalm 119:29 says“Keep me from cheating and telling lies. Be kind and teach me your law.” We pray that this month will be a great reminder to all of us to be honest no matter what the situation looks like.

Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of May in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (Psalm 119:29).  Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.

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