How many times have your children been caught in a lie? They might be little white lies or “big whoppers” as my grandpa used to say, but it seems that most children go through a stage where they feel like they need to tell untruths, for various reasons.
It might be because they want to avoid punishment or their afraid that you will be upset if they tell the truth. But whenever it happens, it’s easy to feel sorrow over their choice to lie their way out of a situation.
None of us is always perfectly honest. Because of our fallen nature, we will struggle against this tendency throughout our entire lives.
But for me, personally, for two of our four children so far, once they hit age 7, their lying really amped up to the point where I wasn’t sure I could believe anything at all that came out of their mouths.
One thing that helped was to talk to them about what Scripture says regarding lying and telling the truth.
We can lecture, wring our hands or get frustrated, OR we can go to God’s Word and let that life-giving Word speak the truth, so our kids’ hearts can start desiring to tell the truth.
How Christian Parents Can Talk to Their Children About Lying
I want to equip you with eleven Bible verses that address lying (and truth-telling) so that when this issue comes up in your own home (because it will!), you can talk about this very matter with your kids from a Biblical perspective!
11 Bible Verses About Lying (and the Truth)
Psalm 34:13 – Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. NASB
Luke 16:10 – One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. ESV
Psalm 51:6 – Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. NASB
James 5:12 – But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. ESV
Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. NIV
1 Peter 3:10 – For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. NLT
Proverbs 12:19 – Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment. NASB
Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. ESV
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. NIV
Zech 8:16 – These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace. ESV
Proverbs 28:13 – Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. ESV
Want to dig deeper into this issue of lying, with Scripture and practical advice that will transform your children’s hearts (and tongues)?
My new family devotional, Minding Your Mouth: A Biblical Study on the Discipline of Taming the Tongue, can help you with that! Click on the photo below to find out more!
This downloadable 10 lesson family Bible study will guide you through talking with your kids about verses of Scripture that address the impact of our thoughts and words PLUS Biblical applications from these verses that can be used in everyday life. There are also lots of activities included to reinforce these truths to help these words from God create heart change in your child.
Let God’s Word guide your kids’ words!