Contend Earnestly: Edward's Resolutions 41-50

Friday, December 01, 2006

Edward's Resolutions 41-50






Contend Earnestly uses our weekend posts to quote men of the faith that have been a great encouragement to church. Today we are starting the weekend early. The following is a continuation of Edwards' resolutions, numbers 41-50.

For a full reading of the Resolutions, click here.

RESOLUTIONS 41-50
of Jonathan Edwards

BEING SENSIBLE THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT GOD'S HELP, I DO HUMBLY ENTREAT HIM BY HIS GRACE TO ENABLE ME TO KEEP THESE RESOLUTIONS, SO FAR AS THEY ARE AGREEABLE TO HIS WILL, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.


41. Resolved, to ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.

42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.

43. Resolved, never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God' s; agreeable to what is to be found in. Saturday, January 12, 1723.

44. Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. January 12, 1723.

45. Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. Jan. 12 and 13, 1723.

46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eye: and to be especially careful of it with respect to any of our family.

47. Resolved, to endeavor, to my utmost, to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good, and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented and easy, compassionate and generous, humble and meek, submissive and obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable and even, patient, moderate, forgiving and sincere temper; and to do at all times, what such a temper would lead me to; and to examine strictly, at the end of every week, whether I have done so. Sabbath morning. May 5, 1723.

48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or not; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.

49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.

50. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.

3 comments:

Gomarus said...

Stop it! Please stop posting these resolutions. I can't read any more. They are altogether too convicting.

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Justin Evans said...

Gomarus, I feel the same way. Scripture rules over all things written, but we know Edwards well enough to be sure that his mind, being convinced by the Scriptures, produced these thoughts. They are by no means inspired, but how they work to raise the standard of our thinking.

As a way of practical application, my lower back pain has been increasing over the last several months. The resolution that has stuck with me is #10 - "Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell."

Oh how I am so easily prone to grumble, when I have truly have nothing to complain about.

Gomarus said...

Amen, brother. Your point is well taken . . . Edwards resolutions raise our standard of thinking, and that is certainly needed in my case. :-)

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