If you haven’t already noticed, there are some links In the Spotlight regarding speech. I hope you find these edifying and challenging.
Last night, I re-read Jonathan Edwards’ “Resolutions.” He had a more than a few resolutions regarding his mouth and his fight against sin that I found quite relevant to my recent posts. I thought I’d post them today.
# 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.
# 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.
#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.
# 21 Resolved, never to do anything, 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.
#22 Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possible 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.
#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.
# 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.
# 36 Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it.
#56 Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
# 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.
#70 Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak.