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SOME OF THE SINS OF YOUTH ENUMERATED. haveli nough 14 $ 1. It was endeavoured, in the last chapter, Lim on to show you, that you are, by nature, a fallen,

depraved, and apostate creature. Now, great unma God, assist me, whilst I strive to convince my more ne youthful readers, not merely of the corruption ocean, of their nature, but of the error of their ways. und my Display to them, whither the paths of sin lead; thee and bid them seek true happiness in thyself. by sitt My young friend, I entreat you to follow me, me supay while I point out to you some of those sins alted which undo multitudes. Among these evils, a

thoughtless, inconsiderate spirit, is in young Go4,9 persons, one of the most common, and one of pening the most fatal. While open impiety slays its

housands, this sinks its ten thousands to perse mich dition.

li A time is coming when you must con

Á time is an het sider your trave

r your ways. From the bed of death, or
Lets from the eterini

.. the eternal world you must take a review
hest
besten i lite: but, as you love your soul, defer not till

of life: but Ey bid that solemn

solemn period, which shall fix your eternal te, the momentous question ; “ How has my

been spent ?» Look back on your past to years. They are gone for ever. But what re

have they borne to heaven? What is the made respecting them in the book of

Will they rise up in the judgment for gainst you? Possibly you may not see many

ces of flagrant crime: but do you see

ug, which conscience must condemn; nothun by which would fill you with alarm, if going

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52 THE READEÅ URGED TO REVIEW LIFE... this moment to the bar of your Maker? Perhaps you you reply, “It is true, I cannot justify all the actions of my youthful years; yet the worst that I see, were but the frolics of youth.” My friend, do they bear that name in heaven? Does your Jadge view them in no worse a light? It has ever been the custom of this world to whitewash it sin, and hide its hideous deformity; but, know, were that what you pass over so lightly, your God abhors as sins sins, the least of which, if un- ucre forgiven, would sink your soul to utter, endless penec woe. “For the wrath of God is revealed from such je heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteous app ness.” The iniquities of vouth, as well as of sur Den riper years, are abhorred by him. The sins of sphere youth were the bitter things which holy Jobs lamented; and for deliverance from which Das This vid devoutly prayed. « Thou writest bitter pulsa things against me; and makest me to possess?cod. the iniquities of my youth.” “Remember nou une res the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions : coole. according to thy mercy, remember thou me, 101 abora thy goodness' sake, O Lord!!!

Take then another review of life. Begin with anh childhood. In that early period, so often falsey represented as a state of innocence, the corrup; je tions of a fallen nature begin to appear; and se pa the early years of life are stained with false isplay hood, disobedience, cruelty, vanity, and pride. :( Can you recollect no instances, in which you Go earlier years were thus polluted with actual sin! Perb Can you bring to remembrance no occasion, on should I which falsehood came from your lips; or vanity; an could pride, or obstinacy, was cherished in your heart! you sho or when cruelty to the meaner creatures was dowed

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YOUTHFUL SINS - PRIDE.” your sport? Shrink not from the review; though stify al painful, it is useful. It is far better to see and we worth abhor your youthful sins in this world, where Disfrau mercy may be found; than to have them brought Dorin to your remembrance, when mercy is no more. _1?$¥ But you' have passed the years of childhood; wbite you have advanced one stage forwarder in your but by journey to an endless world. Has sin weakened, you as your years increased? Have not some sinful ich, i dispositions ripened into greater vigour? Have

not others, which you knew not in your earlier
zaled 7 years, begun to appear? and does not increasing
Eigbent knowledge add new guilt to all your sins ?
ell 4. Among the prevailing iniquities of youth may

be mentioned
Thols 4 $ 2. Pride. This is a sin common to all ages;

it often peculiarly infects the young. It is
stabhorred by God. « The proud he knoweth
pic atar off." "He resisteth the proud ; but, giveth

grace to the humble.” Every one that is proud

in neart, is an abomination to the Lord.” “He 2:1 nateth a proud look." "A high look and a proud

tart, is sin.” “The proud are cursed.” Pride -in is the parent

le parent of many other vices. It puts on a
felicousand forms; vet. unless subdued by religion,

und in the palace and the cottage. You
y see it displayed in the character of the

prodigal: (Luke, xv. 19, &c.). Has not
Q, which God so much abhors, crept into
Deart? Perhaps it has made you haughty,
In you should have been humble; obstinate,

you should have been yielding; revenge-
hen you should have been forgiving. You
ut it showed spirit, to resent an injury or
D. James, iv. 6. Prov. xvi. 5. Prov. vi. 17. Prov, xxi. 4.

Ps. cxix. 21.

Di fal, when you shoul
Full lought it showed

P. cxxxviii. 6. James,

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54 . YOUTHFUL SINS --- PRIDE. insult; instead of patiently bearing it, like him that we you call your Lord. Perhaps it has filled you be mine with dissatisfaction; when you should have been this all submission. You have thought it hard, in india the day of affliction, that you should be so tried; box and even if you stayed the murmur against God bland die from passing your lips, have you not felt it in the your heart? Pride has probably led you to neg, lect the counsels of wisdom; and to turn a deal ear to those, who wished you well for ever. Vain of the ornaments of apparel, have you not to bestowed more thought on the dress you should the wear, than on the salvation of your immortal soul? and been more concerned about the shape of a coat, or the fashion of a gown or a honnet, than about life or death eternal? Perhaps you all have been one of those, who spend more time 111 surveying their own image in a glass, than foto seeking the favour of their God. Ah! did pride to never lead you to this self-idolatry?: Did it ne maker ver, never fill you with vanity, from the fancy or the

form. Some your possessing a pleasing face, or a lovely forul, td or manly vigour? Ah, foolish vanity! when tre; you must so soon say to corruption, “Thou a my father; and to the worm, thou art my mother 03. and sister !" Yet, foolish as it is, was it never w ar yours? “Where is there a face so disagreeable, conse that never was the object of self-worship I donch glass? And where a body, however deformed, solder cc that never was set up as a favourite idol, by the fallen spirit that inhabits it?”

Sthat'i § 3. One of the most prevalent, and most baneful kinds of pride is that, which I may term the pride of self-righteousness. Our Lord, auch the parable of the Pharisee and Publican, gives seen the a most striking description of this sin. The whose

DISOBEDIENCE TO PARENTS.

55 2. like Pharisee boasts, that he was not like others; Glide that he had not committed such flagrant crimes barele as they; and that he practised duties which they

hand omitted. On this sandy foundation, his hope for e90 eiemity appears to have rested. Nothing like aunstein humility entered his heart; but, in all the pride fell it of fancied virtue he approached his God. This but to is the exact spirit of multitudes in the present mnach day; and where young persons have been refor F strained from open immoralities, how commonly e roue does it exist among them! It is pleaded, respect

ing them, “ that they are not like many profligate

youth around them; they have not given way Ejest to profaneness and lying: to drunkenness or bir dishonesty: but, they have been kind and duti

r; tender and obliging; have good hearts; and

ood young people.” They may have lived
there all their lives careless of God and their souls;
Edit but, this is not taken into account: others com-
dis mend them
mend them, and they are willing to believe these

nendations. They please themselves with

fancied virtue; think themselves very good
oung persons: and, proud of this goodness, go

d to meet that God, who sees in them ten
ad crimes; and who abhors nothing more,

the pride of self-righteousness in a creature
polluted by daily iniquities.

Another common sin of the young is,
lence to parents. “Honour thy father
ther; that it may be well with thee, and

ų mayst live long on the earth.” This
livine commandment. There is, it is true,
case in which even parents should not be
yed; when their directions and wishes are
posed to those of God: “we ought to obey

Ephes. vi. 2, 3.

that thou mays

mol is the divine comman

til obeyed; when th

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