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.
This is encouraging to me, because in the reformed community we can quickly and easily think our heroes (like Edwards) didn’t ever sin. But O’ how dishonest we can be with ourselves! This is a breath of fresh air to my soul because I now know afresh that I am not the only sinner in this world!
In this 3rd resolution Edwards shows his humanity well. This is a built in fail-safe clause because Edwards knows himself well enough to know that he will fall short of his resolutions to some degree. It is also encouraging to us because all of us will fall short of the expectations we place on ourselves in this new year. Will Edwards give up when he fails? No, he will repent and start again. Do you know yourself well enough to add this into your list of New Year’s resolutions? Don’t beat yourself up when you fall short of your resolutions, repent “when you come to yourself” and get back on track. Know that your human and worship Christ, because one day, when we’re in heaven we’ll need no built in fail-safe clause’s in our resolutions.