Raise the Bar: Communicating with Integrity

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

In your experience, how early do children start being dishonest?

Scripture:

“The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?’

‘Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,’ the woman replied. ‘It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, “You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.”’

‘You won’t die!’ the serpent replied to the woman. ‘God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.’

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” Genesis 3:1-7 NLT

“My people bend their tongues like bows to shoot out lies. They refuse to stand up for the truth. They only go from bad to worse. They do not know me,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 9:2-4 NLT

“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips.” Romans 3:13 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Dishonesty goes way all the way back to the very first sin on earth. From that point on, lying became common. People lie to make themselves look better. People lie to try to protect themselves from consequences. People lie to try to get something they want. In our day, lying is an epidemic from preschool through graduate school, from the home to the workplace. Trust is at an all-time low.

What are 2-3 reasons people tell lies?

Is there an area of your life about which you are often not honest with other people? Is there an area of your life about which you are often not honest with yourself?

When you post about yourself on social media, do you tend to be honest, dishonest, or something in between?

Is there a lie you remember telling which you wish you could take back?

Lord, thank you for being someone we can always trust. I also want to be someone whom people can always trust. Would you please show me the areas of my life in which I am not being honest? And give me the courage to start being honest in these areas of my life.