George Washington is our standard.
How does that story go?
“I cannot lie, Father. I am the one who cut down the cherry tree.”
It’s generally accepted now that the cherry tree incident never really happened, but it exemplifies a truth we want our children to understand.
Even when it’s tough, there’s no way to go except with the truth.
Leviticus 19:11 teaches us 3 Lessons About Honesty.
“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.”
The word Leviticus literally means “The Law.” This verse is from the laws set up to help the children of Israel learn to navigate their new world of independence. For hundreds of years, they had been ruled over (read that as enslaved) by the leaders of Egypt. The pharaoh determined what the Israelites could and couldn’t do.
Now they had to learn to go it on their own.
Let’s look at the three lessons this verse teaches.
Lesson No. 1: You shall not steal.
This one’s easy. Don’t take something that’s not yours.
It also means to return extra change, pay proper wages to your employees, and don’t cheat on your taxes.
Lesson No. 2: You shall not deal falsely.
This is about misrepresentation. Are you selling a car? Don’t forget the warning light that only comes on when it’s cold. It’s called honesty.
Lesson No. 3: You shall not lie to one another.
This can’t be any clearer. Don’t lie. Don’t fudge. Not even a little bit. Say it like it is (with kindness, please).
These lessons still apply to us today. We live better because of them. They are so important that they are woven into the laws of our land.
The Bible is our standard. Let’s hold it high for everyone to see.
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