Privileges of Parents (Raising Children for God)

“Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, who
humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the
earth!. . . He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful
mother of children” (Psalm 113:5, 6, 9).

Teach your children by example as well as by precept to use a
simple diet. Teach them to be industrious, not merely busy, but
engaged in useful labor. Seek to arouse the moral sensibilities. Teach
them that God has claims upon them, even from the early years of
their childhood. Tell them that there are moral corruptions to be met
on every hand, that they need to come to Jesus and give themselves
to Him, body and spirit, and that in Him they will find strength to
resist every temptation. Keep before their minds that they were not
created merely to please themselves, but to be the Lord’s agents for
noble purposes. Teach them, when temptations urge into paths of
selfish indulgence, when Satan is seeking to shut out God from their
sight, to look to Jesus, pleading, “Save, Lord, that I be not overcome.”
Angels will gather about them in answer to their prayers, and lead
them into safe paths.

Christ prayed for His disciples, not that they should be taken out
of the world, but that they should be kept from evil—that they might
be kept from yielding to the temptations they would meet on every
hand. This is a prayer that should be offered up by every father and
mother. But should they thus plead with God in behalf of their children,
and then leave them to do as they please? Should they pamper
the appetite until it gets the mastery, and then expect to restrain the
children? No; temperance and self-control should be taught from the
very cradle up. Upon the mother must rest largely the responsibility
of this work. The tenderest earthly tie is that between the mother and
her child. The child is more readily impressed by the life and example
of the mother than by that of the father, because of this stronger and
more tender bond of union. Yet the mother’s responsibility is a heavy
one, and should have the constant aid of the father. (Education page 153-154)

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