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Friday, October 19, 2018 9:47 AM

We the People... of Grace and Truth

Friday, October 19, 2018 9:47 AM
Friday, October 19, 2018 9:47 AM

Throughout John Wesley’s sermons and journals he stressed our need for God’s grace and truth. His writings also reminded us to share God’s truth with all of creation, conveying the gift of grace offered to us.

In our daily living, sharing truth that is seasoned with God’s grace helps to prevent legalism. Without Spirit-filled grace, our attempts to uphold truth can easily become prideful and void of the kind of love God gives to those who trust, believe and obey Him. Without truth, the value of grace may be overlooked, minimized or taken for granted.

Wesley’s concerns extended to the politics of his day. On October 6, 1774, he wrote:   “I met those of our society who had votes {sic} in the ensuing election, and advised them:
1) To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy,
2) To speak no evil of the person they voted against: and
3) To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

Embedded in this powerful journal entry from 244 years ago is a relevant message for today. Together, let us meditate upon these words as we, the people, reflect God’s grace and truth while fulfilling our civil responsibilities.

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