John Wesley on the Means of Grace (spiritual practices)
Works of Mercy
John Wesley lived by three basic principles: 1) do no harm, 2) do good, and 3) attend upon all the ordinances (spiritual practices) of God. From his General Rules, he states that Social Holiness can and must be expressed in specific ways: concrete acts of daily living. Social dimensions of spirituality can be expressed positively or negatively—including what we do NOT do, as well as what we do—as expressed in do no harm. There is no such thing as individual action; what we do affects another.
We do good to the bodies of others (food, shelter, visitation, clothing). We also do good to the souls of others (evangelism and discipleship).
When we attend on the ordinances of God, Wesley largely repeats the instituted means of grace. They are trans-cultural and trans-historical. The personal, corporate, and social spirituality overlap and interact.
Taking the two principles of “do no harm” and “do good”—what are the implications for your daily living?