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let him not have to say to you,

You will not come to me that you might have life.Flee to him for salvation, O, give him your youth. Trust him with your soul. Make him your all in all; and in him be blessed for time and eternity. But if you refuse to do this, if you continue to slight his love, and to deny him all that such goodness claims; then, young sinner, expect hereafter no gentle flames, no tolerable damnation : for know, that the deepest and most wretched hell will not be more wretched than such iniquity will deserve. Your sin will be nothing less than preferring Satan, who tries every method in his power for your destruction, to that blessed Friend who bore such sorrow for you.

You will be covered with a load of ingratitude, blacker, in one respect, than that which sunk the devil and his angels to the lake of fire; they sinned against a gracious God, but, if you continue to slight the gospel

, you will sin against a gracious God, and a suffering Saviour too. Even devils

then rise up in the judgment to condemn you; and to declare those who could be insensible to such goodness, and indifferent to such a friend, in this respect at least, more horribly wicked than themselves.

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Compassionate Lord, what miracles of love hast thou displayed! How beautiful are thy works! how great the wonders of thy power! but 0, in the gospel

, how much greater are the wonders of thy love! How numerous are those mercies, which hourly come from thee; but, О how



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much the gift of thy Son surpasses them all! Amazing love! that thou shouldst give such a gift to such a world. O, let this love fill all my heart, and engage all I am and have to thee! O, let me view it as manifested to me, a sinner! With wonder and gratitude, may

I look on Jesus, as given by thee, to snatch even me from perdition; and may I be sweetly constrained to yield up myself, body, soul, and spirit unto thee. O my God, poor are my praises, cold is my gratitude. I owe thee more for the gift of Jesus, than millions of tongues could utter, or millions of years declare. I would lie abased before thee, for having offered thee so little. Oh my injured God: my forgotten Saviour! my neglected soul! Had I ten thousand hearts, thy love demands them all; yet much of my life has passed, and angels and men have seen medenying thee this one, poor unworthy heart. Great God, could I feel the evil of such sin aright, this heart would burst with sorrow, and these eyes would weep till death stopped the flowing tears; but, imperfect in every thing, I am imperfect in my penitence. Yet let me feel so much as shall lead me to abhor myself for past ingratitude: and cold as is my heart, so far at least may it glow with love, as shall lead me to lie cheerfully at thy feet, seeking all my good in thee. Farewell, earth! farewell, all the allurements of a dying world! my God demands my heart; my God shall have it. And, O thou blessed Lord, form me according to thy.will, and make me, in some good measure, holy, harmless, humble, undefiled, and separate from sinners. Guide me by thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory.

And, thou compassionate Saviour, what



praises, what gratitude I owe to thee! Why didst thou stoop beneath the grave, to save a sinking world! Why pass by sinful angels to vișit sinful men! Why raise man to the heaven he never enjoyed, and not restore them to the heaven they lost! Why sink so low, to raise us so high! Why suffer for such a worm as I ! Even so, Lord, for so it seemed good in thy sight. Blessed Jesus, thy divine goodness undertook, thy power performed this miracle of miracles, this more than wonder. No merits didst thou see in man. None wilt thou ever see.

Never can we repay the debt of gratitude. Never love thee half enough. O gracious Saviour! O divine sacrifice! thou didst bleed, didst bleed for me; didst come to wash away my stains; to seek and save me who was lost. Let me live to thee; and in my life adorn thy gospel and glorify thy name. Let me die to thee; die with an assurance that I am thine; die, saying in my last hour, Beloved Saviour, through thy merits and thy death, a poor polluted worm, deserving hell, ascends to heaven. Amen.




§. 1. The affection of earthly relatives and friends, you doubtless esteem of much im. portance to your happiness; but there is one in. finitely greater Friend, whose approbation is of more consequence, than that of all earthly friends united. The King of kings deigns to regard


154 NO WORLDLY INTEREST IMPORTANT LONG, early piety as peculiarly acceptable to himself, and this is a weighty reason for its choice. If Anil then you would be happy here, and happy for ever, useful on earth, and glorified in heaven, I beseech you to make this blessing yours. I beseech you to remember, that the esteem and love of mortal friends, if obtained in youth, and enjoyed through following years, and if ever so important for all the term of life, will sink into insignificancy itself, when death sball dislodge your soul from its feeble habitation, and eternity receive you to its endless abodes. But to possess that early acquaintance with Christ, that early piety, which is peculiarly pleasing to God, will most nearly concern you, long after you have done with the world; long after not one trace of you or yours remains on earth; long after the shroud, that dress of the grave, and the coffin, that dwelling of the dead, are mixed and lost in the dus that covers them; long after the graves have given up their dead, and the Judge fixed their eternal doom. Tell me, my young friend, of that worldly concern, which will be of any importance to you, when the year 2000

Alas! you cannot. The world then as now, may be gay and thoughtless; but to you, long, long, long ere that period comes, there will not remain one bitter dreg of any worldly sorrow, nor one pleasing memorial of any worldly joy. The sun will shine as brightly then for others, the earth be as gaily dressed for them as now for you; but long ere that time arrives, those who are in vigorous youth or de crea pid age, will be mixed in the same dust. clods of the valley, almost for ages, will have ered both, alike forgetful of a busy or a please


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RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO GOD. 155 ble world. The grass of the field, for years and years, will have flourished and faded about the spot where


and I shall lie. O vain, and passing world! how wretchedly are that youth, and health, and strength, misemployed, which are employed for thee! Seek, my young friend, a better portion than such a world can give. Pursue his favour, whose favour will be found better than life, when the world itself has passed away like a shadow, that vanishes when the sun goes down.

§ 2. Religion in any situation, or in persons of any age, is acceptable in the sight of the Most, High, and is deemed true wisdom by him. His word declares, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do his commandments.”

A person may be poor, ignorant, mean, and of small capaci. ty; yet, if guided by the counsel of God, this poor unlettered man shall be esteemed by his Maker, as wise and of good understanding : another may be great and noble, skilful in all knowledge, able to discourse in many languages, and the world may be astonished at his talents; yet, because he knows not true piety, God would pronounce him a fool, a man of no understanding. So precious is true piety in the sight of the Lord.

But while piety in any situation or age, is pleasing to the Most High, yet learn from the diFine word, that youthful piety has peculiar charms. No sight upon earth is more lovely, than to see young persons in the very bloom of life devoting themselves to the Saviour, who died for them, and ornamenting his religion by giving it their best years. Religion may be regarded by the aged convert from sin and folly; but it must

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