Resolutions, Part 5

Psalm 90:12 NIV - Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

(See Resolutions, Part 1 for introduction)

“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.”

SPEAKING CLEANNESS NOT MEANNESS

Resolved:  Not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversations, but also to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and graciousness.

SEEKING TO GROW THROUGH SUFFERINGS

Resolved:  After afflictions, to inquire in what ways I am now the better for having experienced them. What good have I received by them?  What benefits and insights do I now have because of them?

GOLDEN RULE COMMUNICATION

Resolved:  Never to say anything at all against anybody; except when to do so is perfectly consistent with the highest standards of Christian honor and love to mankind; and except when it is consistent with the sense of greatest humility and awareness of my own faults and failings. Then, whenever I have said anything against anyone, I will examine my words against the strictest test of the Golden Rule.

ALWAYS PLANNING FOR DEATH

Resolved:  To always remind myself that this physical life is temporary, and that death could come at any moment…I will think about questions like this: “What will people think of me when I’m gone?”… “What will they write on my tombstone?”

A LIFE OF DEDICATION TO GOD

Resolved:  To never do anything, in thought or deed, whether it be a big thing or a little thing, except to do that which brings honor and glory to God. I will also stay away from those things that do not honor God as much as I possibly can, and whenever possible, I will try to put a stop to activities that bring God dishonor.

Colossians 3:17 NIV - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

For all 70 Resolutions in Modern English:

https://verticallivingministries.com/tag/70-resolutions-of-jonathan-edwards-in-modern-language/

To see the original Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards:

http://edwards.yale.edu/archive?path=aHR0cDovL2Vkd2FyZHMueWFsZS5lZHUvY2dpLWJpbi9uZXdwaGlsby9nZXRvYmplY3QucGw/Yy4xNTo3NDoxLndqZW8=