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much "firmness.:of nerve, and energy of thought;' and these fit him far better for this world. And while EDWARD dwells in a world of airy nothings,' CHARLES is delighted and engaged only in things that have 'a local habitation and a name. There are five other children, but they are as yet too young to have much said about them. They are the play-things of the elder ones, and promise to be as amiable and interestiog as those whose names I have mentioned. The variety of disposition among these young persons, and consequently that of their pleasures and pursuits, is not more remarkable than the peace and comfort in which they live ; and this harmony is the result of their affection. An occasional visitor, or a constant resident in their family, would have before him a beautiful proof that David drew no imaginary picture when he said, Behold how good and how.pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even A ARON's beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments: as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion : for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. And this love is not, as in many cases, a latent feeling, reserved for the hour of parting or of death, as something too valuable for common use; neither is it the torrent's smoothness ere it dash below;' no, it is their daily ornament, animating their countenances, and expressed in their ordinary words and actions. The slight but often recurring quarrels which are thought nothing of, but which eat as doth a canker,' into the very heart of happiness, are unknown among them.
56 By my description of this family, you will per
haps be led to think that they are a race of purer beings than are generally found. But though their faults have not been particularly noticed, you must know that, like all human beings, they have naturally sinful hearts, from whence wicked thoughts, words, and actions, have often sprung. Besides this, they have each their peculiar faults, their easily-be. setting sins. Now, some of the fruits of sin are 6 anger, wrath, malice, and all uncharitableness ;" how came they then to be.so united and peaceful? I must ascribe it, first of all, to their daily practice of two of the most difficult duties of affection, self-de. nial, and esteeming another above themselves ;-and, in the next place, to the excellent example of their parents. They had made the cultivation of the heart and temper two great objects in the education of their children. They did not tell them to love one another with a stern eye and angry voice. Rather, acting like West's mother, whose kiss, he declared, made him a painter, they allured to brighter worlds, and led the way.' But all these means would have failed, had not these children been favoured with Christian instruction. Nature and reason will tell us that we ought to live and love as brethren; but the Gospel only can make us do so. They have learned that man is a fallen creature, and consequently distant from God; who, of his great mercy, has given his Son to die for us, and to restore to man the possibility of salvation ; that religion consists in the return of the human spirit to God, by Jesus Christ, and the reception of the Holy SPIRIT, who alone can cleanse the thoughts of our hearts, and make us perfectly to love God; and that, if a man love God he must love his brother also. To these gracious words
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some of them have listened with deep attention, and 6 obtained help of God’ to do the things he has ens joined. All of them appear wishful to do so ;-and who can really be, or desire to become a Christian, without obeying his SAVIOUR's frequently repeated injunction, "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.”
ON THE DUTIES OF CHILDREN TO THEIR
PARENTS. (Extracted from Innes's Domestic Religion : p. 42, &c.) 66 The next class of domestic duties to which we propose to direct our attention, is that which comprehends the duties which children owe to their parents. These we find enjoined in Coloss. iii. 20, and Eph. vi. 1: “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord :" " Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right: Honour thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest live long on the earth.” By comparing these two passages, we see what is the supreme standard of right and wrong, according to the Scriptures. That in the one text is represented to be right, which in the other is well pleasing in the sight of God, or agreeable to the revealed will of God; for it is thus we learn what that is with which he is well pleased.
“ But while it is quite sufficient to constitute a course of action a right course, to say that it is enjoined in Scripture, we must remark, that the revelation of the divine will, here, as in other cases, plainly carries the evidence of its excellence in its own bosom, Frora Vol. VI.
the nature of the relation in which children stand to their parents; as these parents have been the means of bringing them into being, of rearing them, and of watching over them amidst the helplessness of their infant years ; as from the force of parental affection, they must naturally feel interested in the prosperity of their children; and as from their superior knowledge and experience, they ought to be much better judges of what is conducive to their safety and happiness, than the children themselves ;-all these considerations combine to establish the reasonableness and propriety of the duties here enjoined.
66 I shall now state some things included in that honour and obedience which children owe to their parents, and which ought to be carefully attended to by children professing godliness. · 66 1. This duty implies that children are called to treat their parents with every external mark of respect. We have an example of this in the conduct of Solomon towards his mother Bathsheba, (1 Kings ii. 19,) Bathsheba, therefore, went unto King Solomon to speak unto him for Adonijah; and the King rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the King's mother; and she sat on his right hand.' Few things are more disgusting to a well-regulated mind than seeing children, in their manner, language, or even tone of voice, discover any thing like rudeness or even pertness towards their parents. Nay, to a person of delicacy and a true sense of propriety, there is a certain degree of familiarity which would be quite unsuitable towards a parent, though it might be indulged without the smallest impropriety in our intercourse with others. I do not mean by this that pa
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rents should keep their children at a repulsive distance. No; there is something wrong where there is not the most perfect mutual confidence in this relation ; but this is quite consistent with that uniform feeling of delicate respect to which I now refer.
« 2. Children, in honouring their parents, should be at all times ready to do them every act of service which lies in their power. This remark is finely exemplified in the character of Joseph and of David :
And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock on Shechem? Come, and I will send thee unto them; and he said unto him, Here am I.' (Gen. xxxvii. 13.) And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren ; and carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and went, and took, as Jesse had commanded him... (1 Sam. xvii. 17.) But it is not merely the external object which is here required : much of true religion consists in the temper with which it is performed. Every one must have seen the outward act of obedience performed in such a manner, with such a spirit, as fully to prove that religious principle had nothing to do in the business. How often are a parent's commands obeyed in so sullen and repulsive a manner, as plainly to show, that what ought to be viewed as a source of pleasure is considered a most painful drudgery? Let it never be forgotten that, in every thing connected with christian obedience, the Lord loveth a cheerful giver. Children, influenced by the prin