A Deceitful Heart
That is encouraging. We as parents have a responsibility to teach our children to consistently tell the truth. That can be difficult to do, because children are born with a natural tendency to lie.
The prophet Jeremiah said, "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick. Who can understand it?"
Unfortunately, it's not just children who tend to be deceitful. As adults, we're tempted to give phony reasons for not taking phone calls. We can stretch the truth and make up excuses for getting out of commitments. What kind of example is that setting for the next generation?
One final thought. All of us have deceitful hearts and need to guard that heart against telling lies. If we as parents model integrity, we can then teach our children the importance of telling the truth.
I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's Real FamilyLife.