Thoughts for Young Men

Thoughts for Young Men | J.C. Ryle
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You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Think not you can, at will, serve lusts and pleasures in your beginning, and then go and serve God with ease at your latter end.

It was said of a famous general of old, when he could have taken the city he warred against, he would not, and by and by when he could not. Every year that you continue impenitent, the wall of division between you and heaven becomes higher and thicker, and the gulf to be crossed deeper and broader. Oh, dread the hardening effect of constant lingering in sin!

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These are the wounds that pierce the deepest. This is the iron that enters into the soul. Be merciful to yourselves. Two things are said to be very rare sights in the world,—one is a young man humble, and the other is an old man content. Do not fear: He will give you the power to become sons of God. He will give you the Holy Spirit to live in you, and seal you for His own; He will give you a new heart, and He will put a new spirit within you. Are you troubled or beset with a strange bent to evil? Do not fear: there is no evil spirit that Jesus cannot cast out, there is no disease of soul that He cannot heal.

Do you feel doubts and fears? Throw them aside: "Come to Me," He says; "whoever comes to me I will never drive away. He knows your trials and your temptations, your difficulties and your foes. In the days of His flesh He was like yours--a young man at Nazareth. He knows by experience a young man's mind. He can understand the feeling of your temptations--because He Himself suffered when He was tempted. Surely you will be without excuse if you turn away from such a Savior and Friend as this.

You know not what you are doing. You are reckoning without God. Repentance and faith are the gifts of God, and gifts that He often withholds, when they have been long offered in vain. I grant you true repentance is never too late, but I warn you at the same time, late repentance is seldom true. I grant you, one penitent thief was converted in his last hours, that no man might despair; but I warn you, only one was converted, that no man might presume.

I grant you it is written, Jesus is 'able to save them to the uttermost that come to God by Him' Heb. But I warn you, it is also written by the same Spirit, 'Because I have called, and ye refused, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh' Prov.

Believe me, you will find it no easy matter to turn to God just when you please. He would eagerly make you think that evil is good, and good is evil. He will paint, cover with gold, and dress up sin, in order to make you fall in love with it.

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He will deform, and misrepresent, and fabricate true Christianity, in order to make you take a dislike to it. He will exalt the pleasures of wickedness — but he will hide from you the sting. He will lift up before your eyes the cross and its painfulness— but he will keep out of sight the eternal crown.

They understand it too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment.


They try to believe it is false and useless, because they don't like to believe it is true. An evil lifestyle must always raise an objection to this book. Men question the truth of Christianity because they hate the practice of it. He rewards no man's heritage, or wealth, or rank, or position.

He does not see with man's eyes. The poorest saint that ever died in a ghetto is nobler in His sight than the richest sinner that ever died in a palace. What youth sows, old age must reap Sow to yourself rather in righteousness: break up your fallow ground, sow not among thorns.