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.
This resolution goes perfectly with one of my favorite resolutions (# 22). I say this because we see two sides of the coin of pleasure and affection in #22 and #45. The side showing in #22 is pleasure and affection for the soul which is only to be found in Jesus. The side showing in #45 is all the pleasures and affections of this world, trying to rob us of the true pleasures in Jesus.
Notice how Edwards calls these joy robbing desires “pleasures” here in #45? Why does he do this? Aren’t they bad and sinful? YES! But he knows what the author of Hebrews knows, that sin is pleasurable, for a time (Heb. 11:25-26). We all see this in our lives. We feel two competing desires almost constantly. One telling us and luring us into the lasting delight that is to be had in Jesus, which can take some hard work to attain; and the other telling us and luring us into the passing delight of sin, which is easy to attain.
What are we to do with these two desires? If we seek to kill one of these desires the other will reign in us. The question is which one will you choose? Which shall we choose? We must deny tin to have gold. We must run from copper with all our might so we can have silver! Gold and silver end in eternal life, tin and copper end in destruction. Gold and silver can only be had in Jesus.
Like Edwards, I desire to never allow tin and copper into my life to rob me of lasting, true, pleasure. I want gold and silver. I want Jesus, not sin. What do you want?