A central tenet to our British legal system is to be able to tell the truth.
'I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.'
We encourage the children to always tell the truth, even if they have doing something wrong. By telling the truth, they gain release from keeping things bottled up and having to live with a lie. Children become familiar with the story of 'the boy who cried wolf' and how a history of not being truthful can change the way that people respond to an individual. By telling the truth, children allow matters to be sorted, friendships to be healed and the slate to be wiped clean.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul emphasized the importance of truth, ' Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.'