“We will not listen, or willingly inquire after any ill concerning each other. . ." — ‘Wesley's Works’, Abingdon Press, 26:490
John Wesley wrote a circular letter, asking that leaders among the preachers sign an agreement not to speak ill of each other. It was signed by 13 leaders, including John and Charles Wesley. The letter demonstrates a remarkable depth of collegiality, anguish over any thought of division, and hope for strong community. Revisiting the agreement inspires as we gather soon at annual conference to worship God, to make decisions, to live well together.
An Agreement Signed on Jan. 29, 1752:
1. That we will not listen, or willingly inquire after any ill concerning each other.
2. That if we do hear any ill of each other, we will not be forward to believe it.
3. That as soon as possible we will communicate what we hear, by speaking or in writing to the person concerned.
4. That till we have done this we will not write or speak a syllable of it to any other person whatsoever.
5. That neither will we mention it after we have done this to any other person.
6. That we will not make any exception to any of these rules unless e think ourselves absolutely obliged in conscience so to do.
The agreement is inspiring, Biblical, helpful.
My parents always told my siblings and me that we could make them happiest by our loving each other. In this simple wisdom shines the light of God.
Love one another, as I have loved you. . .