Genesis 20: Parents

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Truth in All Things

Genesis 20:2 (New Living Translation)
"Abraham introduced his wife, Sarah, by saying, 'She is my sister.' So King Abimelech of Gerar sent for Sarah and had her brought to him at his palace."

Perhaps the greatest virtue my wife possesses is her inability to lie. She can’t do it. She won’t do it. Now, she may hide presents from the kids to surprise them later or sneak eggs in the lawn as if an easter bunny laid them, but one thing is for sure, she will not lie to any of us. If she is speaking, she is telling the truth. Can your family say that about you? That’s a convicting thought!

Abraham, fearing for his life in a foreign land, presents Sarah as his sister rather than his wife. The king of Gerar, Abimelech, enticed by Sarah's beauty, takes her into his palace. Yet, this deception nearly leads to catastrophic consequences.

This scenario serves as a potent reminder to us as parents. Honesty is a crucial trait God wants us to model to our children. We might occasionally consider a harmless fib to avoid a difficult situation, much like Abraham. But remember that even seemingly insignificant falsehoods can lead to unintended outcomes.

Let's strive to demonstrate integrity in our words and actions, even in the little things. Honesty not only builds trust and respect, but it also beautifully mirrors God's own truthfulness.

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