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Spiritual Disciplines

Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards II

Here are some more resolutions from Jonathan Edwards, the American pastor and theologian Pastor Greg mentioned in his message from this past Sunday.  These are all along the theme of stewardship of time:

5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

18. Resolved, to live so at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.

19. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.

37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec. 22 and 26, 1722.

40. Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.

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.

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.

51.Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.

52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.

55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.

61. Resolved, that I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it-that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, etc. May 21, and July 13, 1723.

 

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2 thoughts on “Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards II

  1. I wish I could ask him how he felt he was doing in keeping his resolutions. I feel so far away from this, though I could say they are longings of my heart.

    Posted by Betty-Anne Van Rees | June 19, 2012, 11:24 am
    • I wonder if answer can be found in his introduction to the resolutions:

      “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.”

      The fact that he recognizes the need of God’s grace in keeping them suggests to me that there were times when he did not.

      Also, the regular reading and re-reading of his resolutions (as well as reminders in later resolutions to refer back to earlier resolutions!) suggests that he would have forgotten them at times and in certain circumstances. If he kept a perfect track record I’m sure he would never have needed to return to them. In this I would say they were desires of his own heart also.

      Posted by hespelerbaptist | June 19, 2012, 11:40 am

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