Living Faith 3: Do Good – James 3:13-18, 4:1-3
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This month we are talking about living faith by applying John Wesley’s General rules. The three simple rules are Do No harm, do good, stay in love with God. And last week through the scripture, James 2, we were invited to practice doing no harm to ourselves and others, especially considering the power of our words. Today we will focus on the second rule, Do good.
Here are John Wesley’s exact words:
“It is therefore expected of all who continue in Methodist societies and classes that they should continue to evidence their desire for salvation….by doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, as far as possible, to all….”
This is very similar to John Wesley’s most famous quote:
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”
In Wesley’s world of England in the 1700’s, the gap between poor and rich, uneducated and educated, between classes, was great. So he urged for the Christians to live out their faith through both their personal piety and good works.