I advise and exhort with warning and threatening, restraint and punishment, the children should be trained early to shun falsehood. They should especially avoid the use of God's name to support falsehood. For where children are allowed to do as they please, no good will result. The world is worse than it has ever been, and there is no obedience, no loyalty, no faith, but only unbridled people. No teaching or reproof helps them. This is God's wrath and punishment for such lewd contempt of this commandment. On the other hand, children should be urged to honor God's name and to have it always upon their lips for every-thing that may happen to them or come to their notice. The true honor of His name is to look to it and call upon it for all consolation. Then the heart by faith gives God the honor due Him. Afterward, the lips give Him honor by confession. This is also a blessed habit and effective against the devil. He lies in wait to bring us into sin and shame, disaster and trouble. But he hates to hear God's name and cannot remain long where it is called upon from the heart. Many terrible disasters would fall upon us if God did not preserve us by our calling upon His name. I learned by experience that often great suffering was immediately averted by calling on God. To confuse the devil, I say, we should always have this holy name in our mouth, so that the devil may not be able to injure us as he wishes. (paragraphs 69-72)
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