Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII

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Author: John Wesley

CCCXXXV. — To the Same.

My Dear Lady,London, December 1, 1765.

Perhaps there is scarce any child of man that is not, at some time, a little touched by prejudice, so far, at least, as to be troubled, though not wounded. But it does not hurt, unless it fixes upon the mind. It is not strength of understanding which can prevent this. The heart, which otherwise suffers most by it, makes the resistance which only is effectual. I cannot easily be prejudiced against any person whom I tenderly love, till that love declines. So long, therefore, as our affection is preserved by watchfulness and prayer to Him that gave it, prejudice must stand at a distance. Another excellent defense against it is openness. I admire you upon this account. You dare (in spite of that strange reserve which so prevails in North Britain) speak the naked sentiments of your heart. I hope my dear friend will never do otherwise. In simplicity and godly sincerity, the very reverse of worldly wisdom, have all your conversation in the world.

Have you received a gleam of light from above, a spark of faith? O let it not go! Hold fast, by His grace, that token of His love, that earnest of your inheritance. Come just as you are, and come boldly to the throne of grace. You need not delay! Even now the bowels of Jesus Christ yearn over you. What have you to do with tomorrow? I love you today. And how much more does He love you! He

Pities still his wand’ring sheep,

Longs to bring you to his fold!

Today hear His voice; the voice of Him that speaks as never man spake; the voice that raises the dead, that calls the things which are not as though they were. Hark! What says He now? "Fear not; only believe! Woman, thy sins are forgiven thee; Go in peace; thy faith hath made thee whole." Indeed

I am, my dear Lady,

Your ever affectionate servant.

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Chicago: John Wesley, "CCCXXXV. — To the Same.," Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, ed. Thomas Jackson in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII (London: Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872), Original Sources, accessed July 20, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4YUG74NAIJTF8FX.

MLA: Wesley, John. "CCCXXXV. — To the Same." Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, edited by Thomas Jackson, in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, London, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872, Original Sources. 20 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4YUG74NAIJTF8FX.

Harvard: Wesley, J, 'CCCXXXV. — To the Same.' in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, ed. . cited in 1872, Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, London. Original Sources, retrieved 20 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4YUG74NAIJTF8FX.