Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein
abide with God—1.Cor.
Duties may at
times seem to conflict, but they do not really do so. A
Christian’s first duty is his hearty acknowledgment of
his Creator and Lord, in all his ways. His second duty,
if he be a husband and father, is toward his wife and
children; or if she be a wife and mother, it is toward her
husband and children. The marriage contract, by Divine
arrangement, comes in as a first mortgage upon every
husband’s time and upon every wife’s time—the demands of
this mortgage must be reasonably met before anything can
be properly done to or for
passages: 1.Cor. 7:20; Luke 3:12-14;Eph. 6:5-8; Gen. 2:15; Prov.
10:4,5; 12:11, 24;13:4,11; 14:23; 20:13; 22:29; 31:27;
Eccles.9:10; 11:6; Rom. 12:11; Eph. 4:28;