I recently began reading JC Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men with one of our sons. Once again I was taken with Ryle’s ability to bring theology to life with great wit and clarity. As a pastor, he challenges me to think more deeply about crafting messages that can be remembered easily. As a reader, it just makes me happy. Ryle didn’t live in the age of Twitter, but I thought you might enjoy reading some of his great one-liners from the first chapter of this great little book. Perhaps it might also be an encouragement to add this to your reading list.
Tomorrow is the devil’s day, but today is God’s.
Leave nothing unsettled that is eternal. Run no risk when your soul is at stake.
Surely none are so crazy as those who are content to live unprepared to die.
Don’t think that you can live with Esau, and then die with Jacob.
I grant you that true repentance is never too late, but I warn you at the same time, late repentance is seldom true.
The way of sin is down hill; a man cannot stop when he wants to. [Ryle quotes another author here.]
Habits, like trees, are strengthened by age…They grow with our growth and strengthen with our strength. Custom is the nurse of sin.
Every day you are either getting nearer to God, or further off.
[Satan] will paint, cover with gold, and dress up sin, in order to make you fall in love with it.
You may be careless about your souls; but [the enemy] is not.
For thousands of years [the enemy] has been reading one book and that book is the heart of man.
Be merciful to yourselves. Seek the Lord early, and so you will be spared many a bitter tear.