Sunday, February 18, 2007

Resolved To Better Myself

Reading recently the biographies of several of the American founders (Hamilton, Madison and Jefferson) I was struck by how dedicated they were to bettering themeselves. They would get up early in the morning to study and worked hard to learn and become knowledgable in a wide variety of subjects. I couldn't help but think of the Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards'. I became convicted of not being persistent with this in my own life.

There are several scriptures which command study and self improvement.

2Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Prov. 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel

Col. 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

1Pet. 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear

Prov. 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Prov. 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Prov. 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

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