Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Set a watch O Lord before my mouth

Great post over at Church Matters Blog on the use of humor and moreover, the use of the fiery tongue. Here are Jonathan Edward's views. May we all take stock of how we wield that squishy sword set on fire of hell:

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.
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.
34. Resolved, in narrations never to speak any thing but the pure and simple verity.
36. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. Dec. 19, 1722.
38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord' s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722. [I personally think its OK to laugh on the Lord's day, but Edwards opinion is clear here, isn't it?]
70. Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak. August 17, 1723.

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