“Old bruises may trouble us long after, upon every change of
weather, and new afflictions revive the sense of old sins.”
We know one who broke his arm in his youth, and though it was well set, and
soundly healed, yet before a rough season the bones cry out bitterly ; and
even so, though early vice may be forsaken, and heartily repented of, and
the mind may be savingly renewed, yet the old habits will be a lifelong
trouble and injury. The sins of our youth will give us many a twist fifty
years after they have been forgiven. How happy, then, are those who are
preserved from the ways of ungodliness, and brought to Jesus in the days
of their youth, for they thus escape a thousand regrets. It is well to have
a broken bone skilfully set, but far better never to have had it broken.
The fall of Adam has battered and bruised us all most sadly ; it is a superfluity
of naughtiness that we should incur further damage by our own personal falls.
The aches and pains of age are more than sufficient when every limb is sound,
and recklessly to add the anguish of fractures and dislocations would be folly
indeed. Young man, do not run up bills which your riper years will find it
hard to pay ; do not eat to-day forbidden morsels, which may breed you sorrow
long after their sweetness has been forgotten.
Charles Spurgeon, “Illustrations and Meditations”