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received the Desilement and Misery of their Natures; and therefore you owe them all possible Help for their Recovery.——Consider, how near your Children are to you. They are Parts of yourselves. If they prosper when you are dead, you take it as if you lived and prospered in them; and should you not be of the fame
Mind for their everlasting Rest? Otherwise you
ivill be Witnesses against your own Souls. Your Care, and Pains, and Cost for their Bodies, will condemn
you for your Neglect of their precious Souls. Tea,
all the brute Creatures may condemn you. Which of
them is not tender of their Young? Consider, God
hath made your Children your Charge, and your Servants too. Every one will consess they are the Minister's Charge. And have not you a greater Charge of your own Families, than any Minister can have of them? Doubdess at your Hands God will require the Blood of their Souls. It is the greatest Charge you were ever intrusted with, and woe to you, if you sufser them to be ignorant or wicked for Want of your
Instruction or Correction. Consider, what Work
there is for you in their Dispositions and Lives, There is not one Sin, but thoufands. They are hereditary Diseases, bred in their Natures. The Things you must teach them are contrary to the Interest and Defires of their Flesh. May the Lord make you sensible what a Work and Charge lieth upon you! Consider, what Sorrows you prepare for yourselves by the NfgleeJ of your Children. If they prove Thorns in your Eyes, they are of your own planting If you should repent and be faved, is it nothing to think of their Damnation; and yourselves the Occasions of it? But if you die in your Sin, how will they cry out against you in Hell! "AH, this was long of you; "you should have taught us better, and did not; "you fliould have restrained us from Sin, and cor.
"rested us, but did not." What an Addition will
such Out.cries be to your Misery? On the other
Side, think what a Comfort you may have, if you be faithful in this Duty. If you should not succeed, you have freed your own Souls, and have Peace in your own Consciences. If you do, the Comfort is inexpressible, in their Love and Obedience, their supplying your Wants, and delighting you in all your remaining Path to Glory. Yea, all your Family may fare the better for one pious Child or Servant. But the greatest Joy will be, when you shall fay, Lord,, here am I, and the Children thou hast given me; and
shall joysully live with them for ever. Confider,
how much the Welfare of Church and State depends on this Duty. Good Laws will not reform us, if Reformation begin not at Home. This is the Cause of a)l our Miseries in Church and State, even the Want of a holy Education of Children. / also intreat Parents to consider, tvhat excellent Advantages they have for saving their Children. They aie with you while they are tender and flexible. You have a Twig to bind, not an Oak. None in the World have such Interest in their Afsections as you have. You have also the greatest Authority over them. Their whole Dc. pendance is upon you for a Maintenance. You best know their Temper and Inclinations. And you are ever with them, and can never want Opportunities: Especially you Mothers, remember this, who are more with your Children while young, than their Fathers. What Pains are you at for their Bodies? What do you sufser to bring them into the World? And will you not be at as much Pains for the faving of their Souls? Your Afsections are tender; and will it not move you to think of their perii'hing for ever? I beseech you, for.the Sake of the Children of your Bowels, teach them, admonish them, watch over 'them) them, and give them no Rest till you have brought them to Christ.
§ 20. I Jhall conclude with this earnejt Request to all Chrijtian Parents that read these Lines; that they would have Compassion on the Souls of their poor Children, and be faithful to the great Trust that G ed bath put on them. If )ou cannor do what you would for them, yet do whit you can. Both Church and State, City and Country, groan under the Neglect of this weighty Duty. Your Children know not God, nor his Laws, but tax; his Name in vain, and slight his Worstiip, and you neithei instruct, nor correct them; and therefore God corrects both them and you. You are so tender of them, that God is the less tender both of them and you. Wonder not if God make you smart for your Children's Sins; for you are guilty of all they commit, by your Neglect of your Duty to reform them. Will you resolve therefore to set upon this Duty, and neglect it no longer? Remember ER. Your Children a:e like Moles in the Bulrusties, ready to perifh if they have not Help. As ever you would not be charged before God as Murderers of their Souls, nor have them cry out against you in eveilifting Fire, see that you teach them how to escape it, and bring them up in Holiness, and the Fear of God. I charge every one of you, upon your Allegiance to God, aj you will very shortly answer the contrary at your Peril, that you will neither resuse nor neglect this most necessary Duty. If you are not willing to do it, now you know it to be so great a Duty, you are Rebels, and no true Subjects of Jesus Christ. If you are willing, but know not how, I will add a sew Words of Direction to help you. Lead them, by your own Examples, to Prayer, Reading, eind other religious Duties.' Inform their Uiiderstandings, Sicre their Memories. Rectify their Ifiills. Quicken.
thesr thesr Assertions. Keep tender their Consciences. Restrain their Ttngues, and teach them gracious Speech. Reform and natch over their outward Conversation, To these EnHs, get them Bibles and pious Books, and fee that they read them Examine them often what they learn: Especially spend the Lord's Day in this Work, and/offer them nut to fiend it in Sports or Idleness. Shew them the lAearar.g of ivhat they 1 ead or learn. Keep them out cf evil Company, aid acquaint them with the Godly. And fail not to make them learn.their Catechism. Especially sl:ew them the Necessity, Excellency, and Pleasure of serving God; and iahur to fix all upon their Hearts.
The Saint,s Rest is not to be expected on Ear£h.
§ r. In order to st)cw the Sin and Folly ef cxpeiling Rejf
here, § 2. (I) the Reasonablenejs of present AffiiHions
is considered; §3. (1) that they are the Way to
Rest, §4. (2) keep us from mstaking our Resty
§ 5. (3) from losing our Way to it, §6.(4) quicken
our Pace towards it, §7. (5) chiefly incommode our
FleJh, ^.8, q. .and (6) under them the sweetest
Fi.retastes of Rejt are often enjoyed: § ro. (II) How
unreasonable to fe/l in present Enjoyments; § II.. (1)
that 'tis Idolatry; § l2. (2) that it contradicts God's
End in giving them; §13. (3) is the Way to have
them restijed, withdrawn, or imbittered; § 14. (4)
that to be suffered to take ut> our Rsl here is the
greatest Curse; § 15. (5) that 'tis seeking Reft
where it is net; §16.(6) that the Creatures, without
God, would aggravate our Misery; § 17 (7) and
all this is confirmed'by Experience. § iK. The Author
laments that this is nevertheless a mejs cemmon Sin*
§19—23. (Ill) How unreasonable our Unwillingness
to die, and possess the Saiit's Reft, is largely considered,
§ 24. The Author apologises for saying so much on this
§i.^CT7,E are not yet come to our resting Place, V V Doth it remain? How great then is our Sin and Folly to seek imd expect it here? Where flull we find the Christian that deserves not. this Reproof?