Matthew 11:28 AV
Come unto me,
all [ye] that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Both the Wesleys, and Whitefield also, fell for a time into the same mistake.
In their endeavours to obtain peace of conscience,
- In addition to attending every ordinary service of the church,
- they received the sacrament every Sunday,
- fasted every Wednesday and Friday,
- retired regularly every morning and evening for meditation and prayer;
- they wore the coarsest garments,
- partook of the coarsest fare,
- visited the sick,
- taught the ignorant,
- ministered to the wants of the needy;
- and, that he might have more to give away, John Wesley even for a time went barefoot.
And yet, with all this, they did not obtain the peace for which their souls craved.
Jesus said “Come to Me, and I will give you rest!” You don’t receive it by “good works”, it is a gift!
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