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The Resolutions of Jonathon Edwards
 

 *"For The Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show
Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."
*2 Chronicles
16:9
*"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile *himself*....."
*Daniel 1:8

Below we have an insight into what the Lord have seen when he looked in
Jonathan Edwards heart. He was among the leaders of the Great Awakening that
affected all of New England in 1700's and a massive harvest coming into the
Kingdom of God at that time. When no one is looking, what does the Lord see
when He looks in our hearts? What price are we willing to pay to see the
Glory of God in our midst and the subsequent outbreak of revival ?
Let us all together purpose in our hearts not to defile ourselves with
compromises....to truly live as if we are not our own.
*" And you are not your own, for you were bought with a price; therefore
glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" *1 Cor 7:19,
20

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*THE
RESOLUTIONS*
of Jonathan Edwards
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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.
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*Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.*

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God' s glory,
and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without
any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages
hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good
and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever
difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance
and invention to promote the aforementioned things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep
any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come
to myself again.

4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less
or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can
avoid it.

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

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

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

8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody
had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the
same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of
their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an
occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. July 30.

9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the
common circumstances which attend death.

10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of
hell.

11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved,
immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances do not
hinder.

12. Resolved, if I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or
vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.

13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and
liberality.

14. Resolved, never to do any thing out of revenge.

15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational
beings.

16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his
dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.

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 any thing, which I should be afraid to do, if I
expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.

20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance, in eating and drinking.

21. Resolved, never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I
should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the
more meanly of him. (Resolutions 1 through 21 written in one setting in New
Haven in 1722)

22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the
other world, as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and
vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in
any way that can be thought of.

23. Resolved, frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most
unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it back to the original
intention, designs and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God' s
glory, to repute it as a breach of the 4th Resolution.

24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back,
till I come to the original cause; and then, both carefully endeavor to do
so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of
it.

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in
me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to
direct all my forces against it.

26. Resolved, to cast away such things, as I find do abate my assurance.

27. Resolved, never willfully to omit any thing, except the omission be for
the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions.

28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and
frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the
knowledge of the same.

29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a
prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot
hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope
God will accept.

30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in
religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.

31. Resolved, never to say any thing at all against any body, but when it is
perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to
mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and
failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything
against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this
Resolution.

32. Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that, in
Proverbs 20:6,‹A faithful man who can find?Š may not be partly fulfilled in
me.

33. Resolved, to do always, what I can towards making, maintaining, and
preserving peace, when it can be done without overbalancing detriment in
other respects. Dec. 26, 1722.

34. Resolved, in narrations never to speak any thing but the pure and simple
verity.

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. Dec. 18, 1722.

36. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good
call for it. Dec. 19, 1722.

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.

38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or
matter of laughter on the Lord' s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.

39. Resolved, never to do any thing of which I so much question the
lawfulness 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
lawfulness of the omission.

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.

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.

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.

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. July 8, 1723.

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.
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.

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

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. June 9, and July 13 1723.

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. May 27, and July 13, 1723.

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. May
12, July 11, and July 13.

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. July 4, and 13, 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.

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. June 25 and July 13, 1723.

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. January 14 and
July 13, 1723.

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. July 23, and August 10, 1723.

65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this, all my life long, viz.
with the greatest openness, of which 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 every thing, and every circumstance;
according to Dr. Manton' s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26, and Aug.10
1723.

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 am I the better for 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 implore needed help. July 23, and August
10, 1723.

69. Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see
others do it. August 11, 1723.

70. Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak. August 17,
1723.


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