Friday is for Heart Songs
“Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if there were none as grotesque 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.” (Jonathan Edwards)
Jonathan Edwards wrote a series of “resolutions for life” between the years of 1722-23, seventy in all. The first 21 were written in one sitting in 1722. The resolution above is number 8 in that list. The spirit of Edwards 8th resolution is almost completely out of sync with our culture but it is nevertheless wise and biblical. Jesus makes just that point in a parable in Luke 7:41-43.
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he [Jesus] said to him, “You have judged rightly.” (ESV)
We love more and better when we know the depth of what we are forgiven. We love less when we forget the greatness of what has been given in the gospel of Christ.
“Lord Jesus, would you help me to see my sin
with a clarity that drives my heart
to a renewed and deeper joy in you. Don’t let my heart grow cold or
forgetful of the greatness of what you have done for me
in dying and rising for me. Amen.