Be truthful always. Children think that when they are not caught red-handed in the act of wrongdoing, they are safe. Even when caught, they still might want to lie to wriggle out of it. That is an error.
Lovingly, we can help them see the error in this and show them what the bible says about it.
‘I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you’. (NIV)
Psalms 119: 11
We should punish them first, lead them towards an apology and make them understand why we are punishing them.
Punishment must always be in proportion to the wrongdoing not higher. They should know it is done out of love and not hate.
‘Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy’. (NIV)
Lord, I release my child (say their name(s)) to You. Touch their hearts not to hide their wrongdoings. Even when caught, help them not to lie. Help me lovingly to scold and punish them accordingly. Amen.
Confront your children on any issue you discover.
My children are truthful. They understand the dangers of telling a lie. They do not hide their wrongdoings.
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