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"And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2
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indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
The providence of God designates the family out of which we should
rise. This affects both our temporal and eternal good. If
your family feared God, and took care to train you up in the nurture
of the Lord, you can reckon this among your chief mercies to spring
from such parents. What a mercy to have parents that prayed for
us before they had us, as well as in our infancy when we could not
pray for ourselves! At the throne of grace they poured out
their souls so affectionately for you, carrying all your concerns,
especially your eternal one before the Lord. They prayed
weeping with their heart-strings breaking for you. O put a
value upon such mercies for they are precious! To have parents
that nipped in the bud the outbreak of your corruptions by their
pious and careful discipline. They carefully instilled the
knowledge of God into your souls in your tender years. As no
pain, care, or cost was too much for our bodies to feed and clothe
us, so they considered no prayer, counsel, or tears too much for our
souls that we might be saved. They knew that a parting time
would come, and strove to make it as easy and comfortable to them
possible by leaving us in Christ. They were not satisfied with
mere physical health, but desired that we were in grace. There
was nothing more desirable than to be able to say in the great day,
‘Lord, here I am, and the children which you have given me!’
How many children are drawn headlong to hell by their ungodly parents
who teach them to curse and swear as soon as they can speak!
Ah, my friends! Let me beg you to take special note upon this
divine providence to have parents as a pattern of holiness that beat
the path to heaven for us by their example. Let your hearts
become thoroughly warmed in the sense of it.
From Voices from the Past, Puritan Devotional Readings, Page 337. From the writings of John Flavel, 17th century.