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I cannot help making a little interruption here, to point out how it is the constant plan of the Scripture to combine both father and mother as alike entitled to the attention and honor of the child; for some children are apt to feel more

i deference for one than the other ; and are even foolishly brought up to make a preference: a sure method of sowing the seeds of discord in a family. But you must observe that the Lord makes them inseparably united in this command; and this points out another important instruction, which is, That the parents should be united in the duties they owe to their children. They should be undivided in purpose and principle ; the instruction of the father, and the law of the mother, must be of the same nature, and tendency, and origin;-of,-in,-and to,--the Lord; so that it is remarkably applied as if they

The instruction of the father, and the law of the mother, being it, that shall lead, and keep, and talk with them-their guide and counsellor !- Again addressing Anna, I added, Never should I think you so well ornamented, my dear Anna, as when I saw by your obedience and respect to the wishes of your parents, that you had taken them to be the meditation, the counsel, and guide of your way in the Lord. It is easy, my dear young friends, to observe the difference between these essential and internal ornaments, and those vain, costly, but indifferent, exterior decorations, which are bought with the mammon of this world, and are

were one.

the gifts of mere fondness, and, perhaps, the offerings of bribery. The one fostering every foolish and hurtful passion of pride, self-esteem, and vanity ; the other cherishing those gracious feelings which shall be esteemed by the Lord himself as ornamental. Therefore, be attentive to the sweet precepts of the Word of God, and let the instruction of thy father, and the law of thy mother, be the ornaments of your head, and the chains about your neck; and let parents take care that they are of that intrinsic kind which are dug out of the rich mine of the Scriptures, and are more precious than the gold of Ophir !

There is another kind of promise attached to this command, and if George had pursued his text, Eph. vi. 1-3, to the proper period, he would have repeated it. Do

you know the whole connexion, George ?

Yes, uncle; but I did not think of going to the end : I will now. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right; Honor thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

You observe the change made by the Apostle in the application of the promise. It is supposed it was on account of its being addressed to the Gentile Church, who had not the promise of Canaan, as the land which the Lord promised them. And as the Jews were about to be driven out of the land, on account of their disobedience to this and other commandments of God, it was not applicable to them in their situation at that time: though the command still stands, with all its promise, to be hereafter fulfilled to them, when they shall turn with their whole heart to the Lord. Long life is the promise, and when we live in Christ it is a blessing indeed, as we may be permitted to glorify Him. There are temporal blessings granted to an obedient spirit; we observe them continually running through the Scripture; and of this particular duty between parents and children it is frequently added, " that it may go well with thee and with thy children," Deut. xii. 28,“ when thou doest that which is good and right.And we perceive that the Apostle has combined them in one view, This is right ;" That it may be well with thee,and “that thou mayest live long on the earth.And perhaps Charles can supply me with a text that will corroborate this truth, that obedience in the Lord is godliness.

Thank you, uncle, for directing my mind by the last connexion of your question. It is this, you desire to have, "Godliness is profitable to all things ; having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." 1 Tim. iv. 8.

Louisa, there is a disposition of grace which is marked by obedience as one of its features. Do you know what it is? It has a promise even beyond living long on the earth.

The disposition of meekness : the Lord says in

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Matt. v. 5, “ Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

These promises may be carried far, but it would not suit our present purpose to enlarge. The Proverb x. 27, says,

“ The fear of the Lord prolongeth days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord, that walketh in his ways; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

I thought it was now time to indulge the young people with some of the pious conversation of old Thomas, and therefore addressed him,

You see, my friend, the nature of our engagement; and I think it will accord well with the nature of your ideas of the importance of training up children in the Lord.

It does, Sir ; and to that there is a promise, which every father and mother should lay hold of, because it is a stay many a time when the heart would fail : “ Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it when he is old." And children ought to think of this when they dislike any thing at present, that it is for their good after, even to their old age ; and they should remember, too, what a difficult case they put their father and mother in, when they won't obey willingly.

I dare say, Thomas, if you would take the trouble to relate to us the way in which you were brought up, it would afford us great instruction.

I don't know, Sir. I can tell you truly how it was; and the truth of one case often hits ano

ther, and in that way it may be useful. The ladies and gentlemen must pardon my plainness of speech.

Truth wants no ornament, Thomas.

Well, Sir, it's not the first time I've traced the goodness of God from the beginning, and so I'm the more ready to answer your desire.

I remember well one Sabbath-day, going down to church with my father. We'd got up early in the morning, and dug up some small plants which were wanted by a gentleman, for we've been gardeners from generation to generation, and my father said, We'll take them to the gentleman, and then we'll go to church. He tied the plants in a silk handkerchief, because he said it wasn't decent to carry a basket on Sunday; so giving me the bundle to carry with one hand, and he himself taking hold of the other, we set off.

I was about nine years old. We hadn't gone far before we overtook two like ourselves, father and son, but they were differently engag. ed. My father, liking company, fell into the same pace; and I remember the boy's voice and questions to this day. He was asking,

But, father, why do you go to church?
To worship God, Richard, to be sure.
And why do you worship God, father?

Because God is very good ; and He has been gracious to us, and redeemed us from sin, and brought us out of darkness and misery into light and happiness.

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