“Oh yucky!” exercise

Fun with food

Invite your children to try some foods that you know they detest.

Discussion point: God hates lying far more than we dislike “yucky” food.

Assemble some foods that your children detest – foods so “yucky” they wouldn’t even want to try tasting them. Have some of their favourite snacks available too.

To demonstrate how much God hates lying, ask them if they would like to eat any of the detestable foods. Obviously, the answer will be an emphatic, No! Explain that God detests lying even more than they hate the “yucky” food.

Read the verses listed below. Close by letting your children have one of their favourite treats and explain that, just as they delight in their favourite food, God delights even more so when they tell the truth.

To further reinforce this lesson, give each child one of the preferred snacks whenever you observe them telling the truth.

Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”

Proverbs 12:22 “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.”

Zechariah 8:16-17 “ ‘These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgement in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,’ declares the Lord.”