When you play with your friends do you ever pretend to be somebody else? If you’re a girl maybe you pretend to be a princess or a doctor or if you’re a boy maybe you pretend to be a superhero or a fireman?
Playing “make believe” is fun. But, when you “make things up” about yourself or someone else and you know those things aren’t true but you say they are true, that is called, “lying”. God does not like “lying”.
“The Lord hates those whose lips tell lies but he is pleased with people who tell the truth”. Proverbs 12:22 NIRV
Here’s an example. Pretend, if you are a girl, you and a friend are playing and you both decide to pretend to be princess sisters living in a castle. The stories you tell each other about your adventures are fun and you both know they are “make believe”. All of a sudden you say, “I’m not pretending now and I am a real-life princess and my family owns a whole country, and we live in a castle far away–it’s true.”
Your friend asks, “Is that true?”
You say, “Yes, that’s true.”
Unless you really are a princess whose family owns a country and you live in a castle then you have just told a lie and that is wrong.
When you lie, your friends will be hurt. When you say something to them again they won’t know when you are telling the truth or if you are lying.
When have you told a lie? How did you feel about it and what consequences did you face?