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HONESTY

 

Our Christian Value this term is HONESTY and is an intrinsic part of all aspects of school life for our school community. At Prestbury St Mary’s Federation, we seek to provide children with high quality education rooted in Christianity that will support them throughout their lives so that we can ‘work together for fullness of life’.

 

In school we believe that the Bible can help us understand how important honesty is by:

  • Always telling the truth, never stealing or cheating
  • Not hiding the truth about something, being sincere
  • Being able to share honestly how you feel.

 

Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of honesty and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of honesty within school. This includes saying prayers for others, being honest in our choice of words.  

What makes homesty a distinctively Christian value?

The Bible teaches us how much God values honesty (Prov. 11:1). Most importantly, we learn that Truth is one of God’s attributes. The Old Testament refers to the Father as the “God of truth” (Deut. 32:4, Ps. 31:5, Is. 65:16). Jesus spoke of himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). We see the Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). All truth comes from God as the source of everything that is right, just as He is the source of all love in the world.

 

Christians believe that truth is revealed in the Bible and supremely in the person and life of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way in which He means us to live.

The Bible stories below demonstrate the importance of Honesty to Christians

Bible Stories

Mysterious Visitors Genesis 18

The Burning Bush Exodus 2-4

The Golden Calf & God’s Agreement Exodus 32,34

Psalm 119

Psalm 139

The True Mother 1 Kings 3

The Worst Advice 1 Kings 12

Naboth’s Vineyard 1 Kings 21

The Sower Luke 8

The Two Builders Matthew 7, Luke 6

The Night Visitor John3

A Remarkable Meeting Acts 8

 

Stories from other religions

Buddhist Stories

The Four Sights

The Search for Truth

The Budda’s First Teaching

The Story of Kisagotami

Hindu Stories

The God and the Wicked Witch

Islamic Stories

The Thief and The Water Pot

Good Advice

Sikh Stories

The Milk and the Jasmine Flower

The Merchant and the 500 Gold Coins

 

 

What makes honesty a distinctively Christian value?

Christ said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If Christ is Truth, then it follows that lying is moving away from Christ. Being honest is about following in God's footsteps, for He cannot lie. If the Christian teen's goal is to become more God-like and God-centred, then honesty needs to be a focus.

The Bible teaches us how much God values honesty (Prov. 11:1). Most importantly, we learn that Truth is one of God’s attributes. The Old Testament refers to the Father as the “God of truth” (Deut. 32:4, Ps. 31:5, Is. 65:16). Jesus spoke of himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). We see the Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). All truth comes from God as the source of everything that is right, just as He is the source of all love in the world.

Hebrews 6:18 - "So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie." (NLT)