Methodism

Methodism, so called, is the old religion, the religion of the Bible, the religion of the primitive Church.  This old religion is no other than love, the love of God and of all mankind, the loving God with all our heart, and soul, and strength, as having first loved us, as the fountain of all the good we have received, and of all we ever hope to enjoy; and the loving every soul which God hath made, every man on earth as our own soul.  This love is the great medicine of life; the neverfailing remedy for all the evils of a disordered world; for all the miseries and vices of men.  Wherever this is, there are virtue and happiness going hand in hand; there is humbleness of mind, gentleness, long-suffering, the whole image of God; and, at the same time, a ‘peace that passeth all understanding,’ with ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory.’  This religion of love, and joy, and peace, has its seat in the inmost soul; but is ever showing itself by its fruits, continually springing up, not only in all innocence, (for love worketh no ill to his neighbour) but, likewise, in every kind of beneficience, spreading virtue and happiness all around it.

John Wesley

Love Wins

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