My dear children,
As your parent, I feel deeply concerned for both your
present and everlasting welfare. Great will be my sorrow
and distress--to see you associated with the worldly, the
careless, or the profane--and to look forward with the fear of
being everlastingly separated from you! O what an idea--to be
separated forever! the parent enjoying unutterable
blessedness--but the child enduring unspeakable, unending woe!
With all the solemn realities of eternity before me I write, and with the deepest
solicitude I beg your attention. Allow me first, my dear child, to call your
attention to the infinite value of your immortal SOUL.
You have a soul which is immortal, destined to live forever. Live it must, live it will, and live forever;
but it is capable of enduring most dreadful, fearful, and
I tell you from the mouth of God--
that you have an immortal soul;
that there is a glorious heaven--and a dreadful hell;
that one or the other must be your eternal abode;
and I beseech you to consider seriously, reflect in time, and
flee from the wrath to come!
Your nature is entirely depraved, and always has
been! You were conceived in sin, shaped in iniquity, and brought forth
under the curse of God! You have grown up hitherto in a sinful state:
every thought of your heart, every word you have spoken,
every action you have performed, is more or less sinful.
Your heart is a fountain so corrupt, that nothing pure can possibly
proceed from it. God, says of your heart, my
child, that it is "deceitful above all things, and
desperately wicked!" Every variety of sin and wickedness
lurks there! It may be concealed from your view, but yet it
is there; and if temptation should present itself,
or the Lord takes off his restraints--it would soon
make its dreadful appearance.
There never was a sin committed by the vilest malefactor, or a crime
perpetrated by the greatest monster of iniquity--but the
seed of that sin or crime is to be found in your
heart! "For from within, out of the heart," says Jesus,
"proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, thefts,
covetousness, wickedness; deceit, lust, an evil eye, pride,
blasphemy, foolishness! All these evil things come from
within and defile a man!" Well then may the Apostle say,
"The carnal mind is enmity against God--for it is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be! So
then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God!"
Do you think that it is possible, my dear child, for anything good to
come from a heart like this? But just such a heart is yours--and
the reason you do not know it, is because spiritual darkness
and ignorance are spread over your soul; the eyes of your
understanding are darkened, and you are hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin!
From James Smith's 'Parental Solicitude' at http://gracegems.org/Smith3/parental_solicitude.htm
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan