Disabling ourselves from doing good

For by this needless and continual expense, you disable yourself from doing good.  You bind your own hands.  You make it impossible for you to do that good which otherwise you might.  So that you injure the poor in the same proportion that you poison your own soul.  You might have clothed the naked; but what was due them was thrown away on your costly apparel.  You might have fed the hungry, entertained the stranger, relieved them that were sick or in prison; but the superfluities of your own table swallowed up that whereby they should have profited.  And so this wasting of the Lord’s goods is an instance of complicated wickedness; since hereby your poor brother perisheth, for whom Christ died.

John Wesley

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