Edwards’ Resolutions (61-70)

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.

62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Ephesians 6.6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully ‘as unto the Lord, and not to man; knowing that whatever good thing any many does, the same shall he receive of the Lord.’

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 if I strove with all my might to be that one who should live in my time.

64. Resolved, when I find those ‘groanings which cannot be uttered’ of which the Apostle speaks and those ‘breakings of soul for the long it has’ 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.

65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this all my life long, that is, with the greatest openness I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and everything, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton’s sermon on Psalm 119.26.

66. Resolved, that I will endeavor always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking in all places and in all companies, except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.

67. Resolved, after afflictions to inquire what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.

68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God and to implore needed help.

69. Resolved, always to do that which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it.

70. Let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak.

~ From Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions; and Advice to Young Converts


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