Background: The book of Proverbs (wise sayings) is one of the most practical book in the Bible. It is full of timeless teaching for everyday living. In it are approximately 900 pieces of wise advice for young and old.
The world would tell you that getting ahead “just this once” by cheating is worth it and we need to be promote ourselves so others will notice us.
Ask the children…
How does the Lord feel about cheating?
“The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.” (Proverbs 11:1)
Scales were used to measure the value of a purchase or to determine how much money someone had. A person could cheat by changing the scale so it would weight incorrectly in their favor. The Lord detests this or any form of cheating. Why? Because it distorts the truth. It could be the value of something or the knowledge that someone has when they are tested at school. Cheating distorts what is true and God is all about truth.
What happens to the prideful?
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)
At the end of the day, when we are prideful, instead of being built up we are ultimately disgraced. We see it on the outside when we are found out to be who we really are and not what we say we are and on the inside because pride rots our hearts and makes us feel sick inside.
Ask your children to describe a situation where they or a friend either cheated or acted pridefully? How did that turn out? Remind them that God’s word never lies. Eventually it will always come true.
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