Christian Love 29: Sons of God

By Hugh Binning Is there any privilege so precious as this, to be “the sons of God?” (1st John 3:2). What are all relations, or states, or conditions, to this one, to be the children of the Highest? It was David's question, “Should I be the king's son in law?” Alas! what a petty and … Continue reading Christian Love 29: Sons of God

Christian Love 27: Love is Real Light and Life

By Hugh Binning   Love is real light, light and life, light and heat both. “When your fathers did execute judgment, and relieve the oppressed, wasn't this to know me? says the Lord,” (Jeremiah 22:15-16).  The practice of the most common things, out of the love of God, and respect to his commands, is more real and … Continue reading Christian Love 27: Love is Real Light and Life

Christian Love 24: Loving Our Brothers and Sisters

by Hugh Binning   Consider to who this affection should be extended.  More generally to all men, as fellow like creations of God,  but particularly and especially to all who are born of God, as fellow Christians. “And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God love his brother also. Who ever … Continue reading Christian Love 24: Loving Our Brothers and Sisters

Christian Love 20: Right View of Self Leads to Graciousness with Others

By Hugh Binning If a Christian will take an impartial view of himself, he cannot but this way reason himself to a meek, composed, and affectionate temper towards other brethren.  What is it in another that offends me, when I search within, I will not also find the same, or worse, or as evil in … Continue reading Christian Love 20: Right View of Self Leads to Graciousness with Others

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 1:16

By R.C. Chapman “Behold, You are fair my beloved; yes, pleasant: also our bed is green.” Song of Solomon 1:16 It moves my joy, sobered with sadness and grief for sin, to hear You, My Lord, commending what You see in me.  Your work and Your resemblance within me, I know, is lovely.  Oh give … Continue reading R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 1:16

Christian Love 19: Forgiving and Being Forgiven

By Hugh Binning If God has forgiven me so many grievous offences, if he has pardoned so heinous and innumerable injuries, that amount to a kind of infiniteness in number and quality, O how much more am I bound to forgive my brethren a few light and trivial offences? Col. 3:13—"Forbearing one another, if any … Continue reading Christian Love 19: Forgiving and Being Forgiven

Christian Love 18: His Love and Our Love?

That Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, who was the Father's delight, yet, not withstanding, could rejoice in the habitable places of the earth, and so love poor, bad and miserable men, yet enemies, that he gave himself for them, that God so loved that he gave his … Continue reading Christian Love 18: His Love and Our Love?

Christian Love 16: Love Never Fails

By Hugh Binning "Love never fails."  This is the last note of commendation.  Things have their excellency from their use and from their continuance; both are here.  Nothing so useful, no such friend of human or Christian society as love, the benefits of it reaches all things.  And then, it is most permanent and durable.  … Continue reading Christian Love 16: Love Never Fails

Christian Love 15: Love Bears and Believes All Things

By Hugh Binning Love “bears all things.” By nature we are undaunted heifers, cannot bear anything patiently.  But love is accustomed to the yoke, —to the yoke of reproaches and injuries from others, to a burden of other men’s infirmities and failings.  We would all be borne upon others’ shoulders, but we cannot put our … Continue reading Christian Love 15: Love Bears and Believes All Things