Quote of the Day

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them: 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy; 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against; and 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

John Wesley, eighteenth-century theologian and father of the Methodist movement, in a journal entry dated October 3, 1774. Wesley’s views on sanctification and holiness would inspire the 19th century American holiness movement, which in turn inspired the Brethren in Christ.

HT = Peter Kerry Powers


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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5 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Wendy Urban-Mead says:

    I love this quote from Wesley. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Willie Davis says:

    This is a great quote. Where is it found in Wesley’s writings (sermons)?

    • Devin Manzullo-Thomas says:

      Great question, Willie. I should have included this info in the original post! The quote comes from Wesley’s journal; he wrote it on October 3, 1774. (Click the link to read it in Google Books.)

      • Willie Davis says:

        Thank you for the quick response. The quote reaffirms some reflection I have had on “render unto Caesar”. I want to render my vote (which is Caesar’s) but I do not want to render my heart, attitude and tongue (which is unto God).

  3. Devin Manzullo-Thomas says:

    Wise words, Willie. I have had similar struggles, and I appreciate your willingness to share.

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