I absolutely loved 3 recent posts by Thabiti over at Pure Church. These posts quote Jonathan Edwards from Michael Haykin’s book, A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards. Here is how Thabiti introduces these recommendations for growth:
On June 3, 1741, Jonathan Edwards wrote a letter to Deborah Hatheway. Mrs. Hatheway was converted during the awakening in New England and, since her church was without a pastor at the time sought Edwards’ counsel on how to grow as a new Christian. Edwards replied in a short letter with 19 things Hatheway should think and do.
You can read the 19 things in the following posts: Recommendations 1-6, Recommendations 7-11 and Recommendations 12-17. Evidently, 2 of the 19 were absorbed in the others during the editing process by Haykin. Nevertheless, these are very practical and wonderful blessings we read from the pen of Edwards. They are well worth your time and energy to take up and apply to your own life, whether you are a “new” or “old” Christian.