Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
I. RELIGION PROMOTES HAPPINESS BY REMOVING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE THE PRINCIPAL CAUSES OF MAN'S UNHAPPINESS. Many people account for the unhappiness of their mind by the peculiar circumstances in which they are placed. Differences in circumstances may, to a certain extent, influence our minds as well as our bodies; but still not so much depends on such circumstances as is generally imagined.
1. One cause of unhappiness is guilt.
2. Another is fear.
3. The influence of unholy tempers.
4. Insatiable thirst after creature enjoyments.
II. RELIGION PRODUCES HAPPINESS BY OPENING UP NEW SOURCES OF COMFORT AND ENJOYMENT IN THE MIND OF MAN. The world, and the good things of the world, are enjoyed in a new way. There is the testimony of a good conscience; an assurance of Divine favour; the Spirit of adoption; the enjoyment of communion with God in His ordinances; a persuasion of the truth of God's promises; and a solid, well-grounded hope. It is true that some professors of religion are not happy under the influence of their opinions and views. Some profess religion who do not enjoy the life and power of it. Some are double-minded, and try to serve two masters. Some live, as it were, under the law. Some are constitutionally inclined to discouragement and despondency, labouring under the disadvantages of a debilitated and nervous state of body. In conclusion, religion comes well recommended to you. There are two heavens offered you, one here and one in glory.
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