41. Resolved, to ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better. Jan. 11, 1723. [You may recall #37 in which Edwards resolved to examine what sins he may have committed that day.  This pairs nicely with that one, in this one asking how he might do better.]

42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.

43. Resolved, never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s; agreeable to what is to be found in Saturday, January 12, 1723. [We are not our own – we were bought with Christ’s blood.]

44. Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. January 12, 1723.

45. 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. Jan. 12 and 13, 1723.

46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eye: and to be especially careful of it with respect to any of our family.

47. Resolved, to earnestly work to the best of my ability to cultivate a demeanor that is good, and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented and easy, compassionate and generous, humble and meek, submissive and obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable and even, patient, moderate, forgiving and sincere; and to act consistently with this demeanor; and to and to be introspective in these matters on a weekly basis. Sabbath morning. May 5, 1723.

48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost diligence and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or not; so that when I die, I will not have this mark against me. May 26, 1723. [Ultimately concerned for the state of his soul, not the outward appearance.]

49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it. [Added this one, since it relates to the last one.]

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