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As this post goes online I'll probably be in the midst of an Annual Circuit Meeting... which like all business meetings, fills me with precious little joy... But this is a day when Methodists remember that amazing things can happen even when we go "very unwillingly" to meetings, because on the 24th May 1738, the man regarded as the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, famously wrote in his journal:

“In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

Out of an inauspicious start an amazing outcome...

What we Methodists generally overlook however, is what comes immediately after that where he says:

“I began to pray with all my might for those who had in a more especial
manner despitefully used me and persecuted me.”

John Wesley’s first thoughts on being given an assurance of forgiveness and salvation was to pray for his enemies… Maybe that is why Methodists later became known as the friends of all and the enemies of none!

So whether you are a Methodist or not, let me suggest that in honour of John Wesley’s memory tonight we might spend time praying for those who have done ill to us and ours…

An adaptation of this morning's "Just a Moment" on Downtown Radio.


Andrew Kenny said…
Just used the new search tool on your blog and found this nice post under 'Wesley'. Very good indeed. Glad you also didn't post it as being Wesley's conversion ( though it may well have been a kind conversion), but of his assurance.I always like to point out to people that in his book on perfection where he describes his spiritual history he doesn't even mention 24th May 1738.

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