God used Elisha to help heal Naaman of his leprosy. After he was healed, Naaman was so thankful, he offered Elisha a gift, but Elisha refused to take it. Later, Elisha’s servant, who was named Gehazi, ran after Naaman and pretended that Elisha had changed his mind and did want a gift after all. Naaman happily gave Gehazi silver and clothing. But God showed Elisha everything that had happened, and how Gehazi had lied. The punishment for his deceitfulness was the dreadful disease leprosy – the very thing Naaman had been healed of. Gehazi not only lost the trust of his master, but he also lost his health.
The children's books below are great for teaching honesty, including positive examples of honesty and problems with dishonest behaviors (lying, stealing...). Being honest can be hard, as it often goes against a child's natural 'self- preservation' instincts! And...sometimes being honest can be 'tricky'. Telling the truth is good, but then again... total honesty can sometimes be so unkind. Children cannot simply be told to "always tell the truth"-- they need guidance to understand when total honesty is helpful and when it can hurt.