My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
I. WHY RELIGION MAY BE DESCRIBED AS TRUE WISDOM.
1. As it involves the possession and right application of knowledge.
2. As it gives the first attention to the most momentous concerns.
3. As it adopts the most likely means for securing these great ends.
4. As it secures the greatest amount of good both for the present and the future.
II. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS TO YOUNG PEOPLE.
1. Because of their necessary inexperience.
2. Because of the countless perils which surround them.
3. Because the future circumstances of life depend much upon the course adopted in youth.
III. THE CERTAIN MEANS OF ITS ATTTAINMENT.
1. There must be a deep conviction of its need and value.
2. There must be the hearty and simple application of faith, for its realisation.
3. Let this resolution, and application of devout earnestness and faith, be adopted now.In conclusion, present the subject to your serious attention —
(1) By the evils of neglecting religion; and —
(2) The moral loveliness and excellency connected with devout and serious piety.
(J. Burns, D.D.)
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