The following is from a message by Thomas Brooks entitled, A Cabinet of Choice Jewels. The message is from the year 1669.
"A true Christian will endeavor to obey God in relative duties. He will not only hear, and pray, and read, and meditate, and fast, and mourn--but he will labor to be godly in domestic relationships.
Remember this forever--everyone is that in reality,which he is at home. Many make a great profession, and have great abilities and gifts, and can discourse well on any pious subject--whose homes are not little heavens,but little hells. Some are very much like angels in public,saints in the church, and devils in their homes!
Domestic graces and duties do better demonstrate true piety and godliness, than public or general duties do. For pride, vain-glory, self-ends, and a hundred other outward carnal considerations, may put a man upon the general duties of religion. But it argues both truth and strength of grace, to be diligent and conscientious in the discharge of domestic duties."