Here are some words from John Wesley that I quoted recently. In copying the quote, I took out words that I thought would strike our contemporary ears as too negative.
Let thy religion be the religion of the heart. Let it lie deep in thy inmost soul. Be … amazed and humbled to the dust by the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. …. Let the whole stream of thy thoughts, words, and actions flow from the deepest conviction that thou standest on the edge of the great gulf, thou and all the children of men, just ready to drop … into everlasting glory …! Let thy soul be filled with mildness, gentleness, patience, long-suffering towards all men; — at the same time that all which is in thee is athirst for God, the living God; longing to awake up after his likeness, and to be satisfied with it! Be thou a lover of God and of all mankind! In this spirit do and suffer all things! Thus show thy faith by thy works; thus “do the will of thy Father which is in heaven!” And, as sure as thou now walkest with God on earth, thou shalt also reign with him in glory!
Does Wesley lose his punch if we take out the vileness and hellfire?