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naturally and necessarily set before us its importance with respect to all that are dear to us. On the other hand, for the same reason, family religion is one of the best and surest evidences of the reality and the strength of personal religion. It is sometimes observed, that some very pious persons are extremely defective in this particular; and take little care of the instruction, and still less of the government of their children. If they are truly pions, it is a very great blemish upon their piety. However, for my own part, I confess I do very much suspect the sincerity of religion in those who are remarkably negligent in this particular, let them profess as much as they will. I know that pious persons, from the weakness of their own judgment, will be guilty of great imprudence in the manner of family instruction, and from an absolute incapacity may not be able to preserve their authority; but I cannot easily reconcile with true piety, the absolute neglect of either the one or the other.

• I must add, that I take family religion,

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and the careful discharge of relative duties, to be an excellent mean of the growth of religion in a man's own soul. How can any person bend his knees in prayer every day with his family, but it must be a powerful restraint upon him from the indulgence of any sin which is visible to them? Will such a person, think you, dare to indulge himself in anger, or choose to be seen by them, when he comes home staggering with drunkenness, unfit to perform any duty, or ready to sin still more by the manner of performance? When I figure to myself a master of a family, who had come home sotted like a beast, and half-supported to his house, rising in the morning, I am not able to conceive how he can bear the looks of those members of his family who had been witnesses of his shame. But, besides being a restraint from gross crimes, I cannot help saying, that, speaking of the things of God, with the concern of a parent, or the humanity of a master, must give a solemnity of spirit, and a sense of their moment, even greater than before. A man cannot speak to purpose, without feeling what he says ; and the new impression will certainly leave behind it a lasting effect. Let me, therefore, earnestly recommend to you the faithful discharge and careful management of family duties, as you regard the glory of God, the interest of his church, the advantage of your posterity, and your own final acceptance in the day of judgment.

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