Tuesday, March 24

The Duties of Parents


"Fathers and mothers, do not forget that children learn more by the eye than they do by the ear. No school will make such deep marks on character as home. The best of schoolmasters will not imprint on their minds as much as they will pick up at your fireside. Imitation is a far stronger principle with children than memory. What they see has a much stronger effect on their minds than what they are told.

Take care, then, what you do before a child. It is a true proverb, "Who sins before a child, sins double." Strive rather to be a living epistle of Christ, such as your families can read, and that plainly too. Be an example of reverence for the Word of God, reverence in prayer, reverence for means of grace, reverence for the Lord's day. Be an example in words, in temper, in diligence, in temperance, in faith, in charity, in kindness, in humility. Think not your children will practice what they do not see you do. You are their model picture, and they will copy what you are. Your reasoning and your lecturing, your wise commands and your good advice; all this they may not understand, but they can understand your life."

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4 comments:

Jen said...

soooo sobering! I should that each morning.....

thanks 4 the encouragement Hannah!

Craig and Bethany said...

Wow. Thanks for the charge to be epistle that our families can read. Such a striking image. Thanks.

HappyHermit said...

This is so wonderfully true.I didn't notice till I was older , but my entire attitude and disposition is the mirroring of my beloved grandmother.

I have BECOME the woman who raised me.

Flo said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing this. I saved the link so I could read it again...