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John Wesley, in his Explanatory Notes on the Old Testament, asks his readers to search their hearts over their obedience to the third commandment (“thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”):

Hast thou never used the name of God, unless on solemn and weighty occasions? Hast thou then used it with the deepest awe? Hast thou daily honored his word, his ordinances, his ministers? Hast thou considered all things as they stand in relation to him and seen God in all? Hast thou looked upon heaven as God’s throne? Upon earth as God’s footstool? On every thing therein as belonging to the great king?. . .

*Cited in Gregory S. Clapper, John Wesley on Religious Affections (Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, 1989), 35.

 

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