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“I answer: A Methodist is one who has “the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost given unto him”; one who “loves the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind, and with all his strength.” God is the joy of his heart, and the desire of his soul; which is constantly crying out, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee! My God and my all! Thou art the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever!”

And then Wesley takes the next step, striking a note that may sound odd to our ears. “He is therefore happy,” say Wesley. “Happy in God, yea, always happy, as having in him ‘a well of water springing up into everlasting life,’ and overflowing his soul with peace and joy.” The Christian that Wesley is describing, the one changed by God’s grace from the inside out, has real, effective heart religion at work in him. And therefore, being holy, he is happy. Christian happiness is a necessary consequence of the heart religion Wesley has been describing ….

Excerpt From: Sanders, Fred. “Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love.” Crossway, 2013. iBooks.