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Wesley: Charity's Almighty Call




"We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." (1 John 3:16-18 NRSV.)

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“Thus should [the believer] show his zeal for works of piety; but much more for works of mercy; seeing ‘God will have mercy and not sacrifice,’ that is, rather than sacrifice. Whenever, therefore, one interferes with the other, works of mercy are to be preferred. Even reading, hearing, prayer are to be omitted, or to be postponed, ‘at charity’s almighty call;’ when we are called to relieve the distress of our neighbor, whether in body or soul.”

— John Wesley, Sermon #92 “On Zeal”










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