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Let this be your first step,—go to Christ.  Do you want to consult friends?—He is the best friend: “a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24).  Do you feel unworthy because of your sins?—Fear not: his blood cleanseth from all sin.  He says, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18).  Do you feel weak, and unable to follow him?—Fear not: he will give you power to become sons of God.  He will give you the Holy Ghost to dwell in you, and seal you for his own; a new heart will he give you, and a new spirit will he put within you.  Are you troubled or beset with peculiar infirmities?—fear not: 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?—Cast them aside: “Come unto me”, he says (Matt. 11:28); “him that cometh I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).  He knows well the heart of a young man.  He knows your trials and your temptations, your difficulties and your foes.  In the days of his flesh, he was like yourselves,—a young man at Nazareth.  He knows by experience a young man’s mind.  He can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities,—for he suffered himself, being tempted (Heb. 2:18, 4:15).  Surely, you will be without excuse if you turn away from such a Saviour and Friend as this.

—J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2015; reprinted from Ryle, The Upper Room, Hunt, 1888), p. 41-42.  Spelling and punctuation from the original.


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