God does not need us to condemn each other on His behalf but to love each other on His behalf.
7 brief devotional readings for a ‘week of Christian love’
John Wesley was one of nineteen children born to Samuel and Susanna Wesley. Samuel was an Anglican clergyman. John became famous and influential as a revivalist preacher; his brother Charles for music and hymnody.
John Wesley 1703-1791 Charles Wesley 1707-1788
In 1766 John Wesley wrote A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, from which the following paragraphs are taken.
There is also a short bible reading for each day. Read – Reflect – Reach out
MONDAY – 1 Corinthians 12:12-16
We may be wise but have little love, or we may have love with little wisdom. God has wisely joined us all together as the parts of the body so that we cannot say to another, “I have no need of you.”
TUESDAY – Colossians 3:12-14
Even to imagine that those who are not saved cannot teach you is a very great and serious mistake. Not observing this has led some to many mistakes and certainly into pride. Let there be in you that lowly mind which was in Christ Jesus. Be clothed with humility. Let modesty appear in all your words and actions.
WEDNESDAY – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
We should always remember that love is the highest gift of God. All of our revelations and gifts are little things compared to love. Settle in your heart from this moment on you will aim at nothing more than that love described in 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen. You can go no higher than this.
THURSDAY – Colossians 3:15-17
Do all good you possibly can to the bodies and souls of your neighbours. Be active. Give no place to laziness. Be always busy, losing no shred of time. Be slow to speak. In a multitude of words sin abounds. Try not to talk to much, or for a long period of time. Not many people can converse profitably beyond an hour’s time. Especially avoid pious ‘chit-chat’ or religious gossip.
FRIDAY – John 15:9-17
Ceasing to have a reciprocal love for one another is inner disunity which is at the very root of all outward separation. Beware of everything which leads to this separation. Beware of a dividing spirit. Do not despise or run down, not even for some mistake, even if you are right.
SATURDAY – Romans 15:5-7
Do not even give a single thought of separating from your brethren, whether their opinions agree with yours or not. Just because someone does not agree with everything you say does not mean they are sinning. Nor is this or that opinion essential to the work of God. Be patient with those who disagree with you. Do not condemn those who do not see things just as you do, or who think it is their duty to contradict you. Beware of touchiness, of testiness, of an unwillingness to be corrected.
SUNDAY – Hebrews 10:23-25
“To seek the lost,
to win the curious,
to build the convinced,
to send the committed.”