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Successful Child Training | Charles E. Orr

A Christian Home!

Nowhere is Christianity more effectual and more beautiful than in the home life. Nowhere is the power of divine love so truly manifested as in a sincere Christian home. We will set a picture before you. A father and mother with their children are gathered together for the evening worship. The father out of the deep affections of his soul, in spiritual tones, speaks of God and His holy commandment. A tear of gratitude and joy is glistening in the mother’s affectionate eye. The children’s faces are beaming with admiration as they hear extolled the character of Christ. They kneel in prayer; a holy awe and sacredness rests upon the scene; their prayers arise to God as a sweet aroma of incense and delight His great heart.

Such a scene as we have pictured, fitly represents a true Christian home. The father is all tenderness and love to his wife and children. He is kind and sympathetic. He regards his wife as “the weaker vessel”* (1 Peter 3:7) and is mindful of her happiness. The wife deeply reverences her husband (Ephesians 5:33). Affection and appreciation sparkle in her eye. To attend to the husband’s wishes is her delight. They love their children and in gentleness are bringing them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”* (Ephesians 6:4) The children love each other and are kind and self-denying. They obey their parents through love. Alas! such a family is rarely found upon this sin-cursed earth. But such is taught and commanded in the Bible, and it is possible.

If a father and mother and children lived toward each other just as the Bible says they should live, we would have a scene that would fitly represent Heaven. It is our privilege to have just such a home. A happy home life is the most blessed life on earth!

“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.”* (Psalm 128:1-4)