Friday, April 30, 2010

Resolution #64

"Resolved, when I find those groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those breakings of soul for the longing it hath, of which the Psalmist speaks, Psalm 119:20, that I will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be weary of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness."

- Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Resolution #63

"On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time."

- Jonathan Edwards

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Resolution #62

"Resolved, never to do anything but duty, and then according to Ephesians 6:6-8, to do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man: knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord."

- Jonathan Edwards

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Monday, April 26, 2010

Resolution #60

"Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination."

- Jonathan Edwards

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Resolution #59

"Resolved, when I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act good-naturedly; yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and so as would be imprudent at other times."

- Jonathan Edwards

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Resolution #58

"Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness, and benignity."

- Jonathan Edwards

Friday, April 23, 2010

Resolution #57

"Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether I have done my duty, and resolve to do it, and let the event be just as providence orders it. I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty, and my sin."

- Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Resolution #56

"Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be."

- Jonathan Edwards

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Resolution #54

"Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved to endeavor to imitate it."

- Jonathan Edwards

Monday, April 19, 2010

Resolution #53

"Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer."

- Jonathan Edwards

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Resolution #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 an old age."

- Jonathan Edwards

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Friday, April 16, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Resolution #49

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

- Jonathan Edwards

This Resolution points back to the 48th Resolution.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Monday, April 12, 2010

Resolution #46

"Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father of 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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Friday, April 9, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Resolution #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, 1723."

- Jonathan Edwards

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Monday, April 5, 2010

Resolution #39

"Resolved, never to do anything of which I so much question the lawlessness of, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards, whether it be lawful or not; unless I as much question the lawlessness of the omission."

- Jonathan Edwards

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Resolution #38

"Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord's day, Sabbath evening."

- Jonathan Edwards

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Resolution #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."

- Jonathan Edwards

Friday, April 2, 2010

Resolution #36

"Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it."

- Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Resolution #35

"Resolved, whenever I so much question whether I have done my duty, as that my quiet and calm is thereby disturbed, to set it down, and also how the question was resolved."

- Jonathan Edwards