A Warning and Encouragement to Parents

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

Children are keen observers, and are much more powerfully affected by what they see than by what they hear. It is of little use to talk to them of the gospel if we do not adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in our lives. Thousands of children are ruined by the conduct of their parents and many of them professing Christian parents!

Dear parent, take care what you are teaching your children by your example. You are always influencing them for good or evil. You are leading them to Heaven or Hell. Not a day passes, but you produce impressions–perhaps permanent impressions–either good or bad.

When parents profess to be Christians, and do not carry out Christian principles in their daily lives, then can we be surprised if their children turn out ungodly?

I fear that the blood of many children’s souls will be found on their parents’ garments! I fear the open criminality of many children is but a public exposure of the secret inconsistency of many professedly Christian parents!

How much attention is frequently paid to the body and how little to the soul. How much time and expense are spent on nurturing the mind and how little on the heart. How many educate for time and not for eternity. How many prepare their children to take a wealthy place in the world and how few endeavor to prepare their children to take a place in Heaven.

– James Smith

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