Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Much Depends Upon You

III. Train your children with an abiding persuasion on your mind that much depends upon you.

"And all this is one of God's merciful arrangements. He gives your children a mind that will receive impressions like most clay. He gives them a disposition at the starting point of life to believe what you tell them, and to take for granted what you advise them, and to trust your word rather than a stranger's. He gives you, in short, a golden opportunity of doing them good. See that the opportunity be not neglected, and thrown away. Once let slip, it is gone for ever. . .

"I know that you cannot convert your child. I know well that they who are born again are born, not of the will of man, but of God. But I know also that God says expressly, "Train up a child in the way he should go," and that He never laid a command on man which He would not give man grace to perform. And I know, too, that our duty is not to stand still and dispute, but to go forward and obey. It is just in the going forward that God will meet us. . ."

Our duty, then, is to obey our Master.

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