Monday, March 25, 2019

Tillotson: resolutions

Monday, March 25, 2019
    Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary
    But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
    —2 Timothy 4:5 (NIV)
    Resolution is no strange and extraordinary thing; it is one of the most common acts that belong to us as we are men; but we do not ordinarily apply it to the best purposes. It is not so ordinary for men to resolve to be good, as to be rich and great; not so common for men to resolve against sin, as to resolve against poverty and suffering. It is not so usual for men to resolve to keep a good conscience, as to keep a good place.
    ... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. VII, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon CLXVII, p. 422 (see the book)
    See also 2 Tim. 4:5; Job 34:31-32; 2 Tim. 2:3; Heb. 12:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me keep to my promises.
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