Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume VI

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Author: John Wesley

SERMON LXV.
THE DUTY OF REPROVING OUR NEIGHBOR

"Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: Thou shalt in anywise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him."

Leviticus 19:17.

A great part of the book of Exodus, and almost the whole of the book of Leviticus, relate to the ritual or ceremonial law of Moses; which was peculiarly given to the children of Israel, but was such "a yoke," says the Apostle Peter, "as neither our fathers nor we were able to bear." We are, therefore, delivered from it: And this is one branch of "the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free." Yet it is easy to observe, that many excellent moral precepts are interspersed among these ceremonial laws. Several of them we find in this very chapter: Such as, "Thou shalt not gather every grape in thy vineyard: Thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger. I am the Lord your God." (Verse 10.) "Ye shall not steal, neither lie one to another." (Verse 11.) "Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: The wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee till the morning." (Verse 13.) "Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind; but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord:" (Verse 14:) As if he had said, I am He whose eyes are over all the earth, and whose ears are open to their cry. "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor," which compassionate men may be tempted to do; "nor honor the person of the mighty," to which there are a thousand temptations. (Verse 15.) "Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale bearer among thy people:" (Verse 16:) Although this is a sin which human laws have never yet been able to prevent. Then follows, "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: Thou shalt in anywise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him."

In order to understand this important direction aright, and to apply it profitably to our own souls, let us consider,

I.What it is that we are to rebuke or reprove? What is the thing that is here enjoined?

II.Who are they whom we are commanded to reprove? And,

III.How are we to reprove them?

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Chicago: John Wesley, "Sermon LXV. The Duty of Reproving Our Neighbor," Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume VI, ed. Thomas Jackson in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume VI (London: Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872), Original Sources, accessed September 26, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKPXXX7ZNGCC599.

MLA: Wesley, John. "Sermon LXV. The Duty of Reproving Our Neighbor." Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume VI, edited by Thomas Jackson, in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume VI, London, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872, Original Sources. 26 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKPXXX7ZNGCC599.

Harvard: Wesley, J, 'Sermon LXV. The Duty of Reproving Our Neighbor' in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume VI, ed. . cited in 1872, Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume VI, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, London. Original Sources, retrieved 26 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKPXXX7ZNGCC599.