by Charles H. Spurgeon

An Appeal to Children of Godly Parents
Charles H. Spurgeon
Proverbs 6:20-23

You have here before you the advice of King Solomon, rightly reckoned to be one of the wisest of men; and verily he must be wise indeed who could excel in wisdom the son of David, the king of Israel. It is worth while to listen to what Solomon has to say; it must be good for the most intelligent young person to listen, and to listen carefully, to what so experienced a man as Solomon has to say to young men. But I must remind you that a greater than Solomon is here, for the Spirit of God inspired the Proverbs. They are not merely jewels from earthly mines, but they are also precious treasures from the heavenly hills; so that the advice we have here is not only the counsel of a wise man, but the advice of that Incarnate Wisdom who speaks to us out of the Word of God. Would you become the sons of wisdom? Come and sit at the feet of Solomon. Would you become spiritually wise? Come and hear what the Spirit of God has to say by the mouth of the wise man.

In considering this subject, I am going, first of all, to show you that true godliness, of which the wise man here speaks, comes to many of us recommended by parental example: "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck." But, in addition to that, true religion comes to us commended by practical uses, by its beneficial effect upon our lives: "When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life."

True Religion Comes to Many of Us Recommended by Parental Example

Unhappily, it is not so with all of you. There are some who had an evil example in their childhood, and who never learned anything that was good from their parents. I adore the sovereignty of divine grace ...

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