JESUS took our nature, and came to our world marred by the curse of sin, because he loved us. That he might rescue us from the pit of destruction into which we had fallen, he drank the cup of human woe and misery to its very dregs. He resisted all the temptations that Satan can bring to bear upon fallen man, yet without sin, thus showing that none, whether young or old, need feel helpless even when sorely tempted. He encircles us in arms of love and pity, while be grasps the throne of the Eternal, thus connecting us in our sinfulness and helplessness with the infinite God.  He loves each of you, dear young friends, with a love that is deeper, more fervent, and more changeless than your parents can possibly feel for you; and you may trust in him just as confidingly as you would trust in them. He was

made subject to Satan's temptations, that he might

teach you how to resist and overcome him; and

he will hear you when you pray, and will help you.

Be careful to follow the example of Jesus. As

the sun-flower is constantly turning its open blossom

to the sun, so let your heart, your thoughts,

ever turn to Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness. Do

          not make self a center, and your pleasures and

your wishes first. Seek the good of others; study

to be a blessing to them, and to glorify your

Creator. This is the only way to overcome selfishness.

If you educate yourself to make your

interest first, self-love will become an absorbing

passion, and out of it will grow great evils; such

as love of supremacy, and the desire to be thought

very good, whether you deserve the good opinion

you covet or not. These ambitious desires originated

with Satan, and are the ruling principles in

his character; and through the fall, and through

the influence of his continued temptations, men

have become like him in character, in motives,

and pursuits. Man has steadily declined in moral

excellence, until he has almost lost the image of

the Lord, in whose likeness he was created.

Young friends, Jesus can renew his image in

your soul, but it must be by your consent and

cooperation. He rejoices to save all who will come

to him, however low they may have fallen.

Through him, you may be "partakers of the

divine nature, having escaped the corruption that

is in the world through lust." The grace and

perfection of Christ make up for our deficiencies;

his character and righteousness are imputed to his

believing, obedient children.

If you would have a religion that will stand the

test of the last great day, or that will not fail you

when you are brought face to face with death, you

must not take as your standard public opinion

even in the Christian world. When the shadows

gather about the soul, you will not regret that you

attended so few places of amusement, that you

took part in so few jovial scenes, and knew so

little of worldly dissipation. In that solemn hour,

how will your life-work be revealed in the light of

eternity?  Be careful, dear youth, to make no

mistake where eternal interests are concerned.

Cherish no uncertain faith, no unsound hope.

Move understandingly, in a sure path. Avail

yourselves of every means that will help you to

become acquainted with Him in whom your hopes

of eternal life are centered.

If you abide in Christ, if he is in you, a well of

water springing up into everlasting life, you will

feast on the manna of a Saviour's love, and will

have little relish for worldly amusements; for

worldly things cannot satisfy the soul that is

hungering and thirsting after righteousness.

Religion will not make you gloomy or sad. How

can it, when it brings your soul into harmony

with Heaven, and fills the heart with light and

peace and joy? Discontent, sadness, and gloom

are the result of letting worldly pleasures and

exciting festivities separate you from Christ.

Young friends, if you take the name of Christ,

seek to be all that your profession implies. Be

real in your faith and in your works. The reason

that there are so few live, earnest testimonies in

favor of Christ and the Christian religion, is because

so many profess to be Christians who have

never experienced the saving love of Jesus. They

are not bound to him by cords of living faith.

Dear youth, I invite you to try the whole-hearted

way, the surrender of all to God. Cheerfully lift

the cross, and if need be, gladly suffer reproach

for the dear name of Christ. Then his yoke will

not be galling to your neck; it will be easy, and

his burden light.