Puritan Quote on Discipline

Kent Hughes, in his book The Disciplines of a Godly Family, (114) quotes English Puritan Cotton Mather, who was imagining children addressing their parents on the Judgment Day for their neglect of parental discipline:

You should have taught us the things of God, and did not; you should have restrained us from sin and corrected us, and you did not; you were the means of our original corruption and guiltiness, and yet you never showed any competent care that we might be delivered from it . . .Woe unto us that we had such . . . careless parents.”

As I mentioned Sunday to you men, we have to feel the weight of the responsibility laid upon us as parents and husbands. Rather than fleeing it, by God’s grace and help, let us bear it and look forward to God’s blessing on our families!


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