As a young man Jonathan Edwards gave himself 70 resolutions to read weekly and pursue relentlessly. This 13th year of the 2nd millennium I have decided to reread and meditate upon his words, which so intrigued me as a teenager.
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 the shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.
Hmm – Convicting! Even as I read I was thinking wow there are some people I know that could really use this…uhmm that’s the point. I am the vile person! God bring me humility and take me off the platform of arrogance.