The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
I. THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED IN THEIR INHERENT WORTH. Contrast Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Paul, Luther, etc., with Pharaoh, Voltaire, Paine, etc. Of the former, the mention of their names is as ointment poured forth, beautiful, fragrant, and costly; while the latter are only regarded with pity and regretted as a waste.
II. THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED IN THEIR INFLUENTIAL WORDS. Their words are blessed —
1. In Christian conversation.
2. In the public mention of them.
3. In quiet meditation.And they are influential, as is evident —
(1) In the history of the Christian Church.
(2) In the annals of profane history.
(3) In the efforts of human progress.
III. THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED IN THEIR IMPORTANT WORKS.
1. In the books they have written.
2. In the inspiration they have given.
3. In the effects they have produced.Application: What sort of memory are we weaving for ourselves? One to be blessed, and that will remain unforgotten in the world? or one that will decay, "rot," and around which there will cling no loving and permanent memories of Divine or human blessedness?
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