Assurance of God's love
"In the evening I went very
unwillingly to a society at Aldersgate Street, where one was
reading from Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans.
About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change
that God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my
heart strangely warmed.
I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation. And an
assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine,
and saved me from the law of sin and death."
If we have mixed feelings about faith, or are
unsure whether we are feeling the right things, or unable to get
away from feelings of guilt, it helps to know that we are not
John Wesley wrestled with difficult feelings on
his journey of faith. Although already an ordained minister in the
Church of England, he did not feel he was truly loved and forgiven
by God until the famous moment described in his journal for 24 May
1738. (see right)
John Wesley did not give up on his search - he
actually did go and listen, even if very unwillingly. He put
himself in the right place, and found that God gave him freely the
sense of joy and assurance he was looking for.
Our faith rests not on our own feelings, but on
the promises of a faithful God.
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Make a Journey of Faith
What is the Methodist Church?
What do Methodists believe?
What happens during Methodist worship?
Can I get married in a Methodist Church?
Can my baby be baptized in a Methodist Church?
You'll find the answers to these and other
questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short
introduction to the Methodist Church.
free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
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visitors and newcomers, a printed edition of the booklet is
available from Methodist Publishing. It is priced £5
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