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 25: Viewing Others with Charity

by Hugh Binning   In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile. There all differences of tongues and nations are drowned in this interest of Christ,. (Colossians 3:11) “You have hid those things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them to babes,”. (Luke 10:21)  “God has chosen the weak and foolish to confound the … Continue reading Christian Love 25: Viewing Others with Charity

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 23: Loving is not a Grievous Burden

by Hugh Binning When a Christian looks within his own heart, he finds an inclination and desire to have the love of others, even though his conscience witness to him he doesn't deserve it.  He finds and heartily approves of that good and righteous command of God, that others should love him.  Now he may persuade himself, … Continue reading Christian Love 23: Loving is not a Grievous Burden

Christian Love 22: No Place for Comparisons

By Hugh Binning   Now the fountain of uncharitable and harsh dealing is seen in the 3rd verse,"If any man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself."  Since all mortal men are nothing, vanity, altogether vanity, he that would seem something, and seems so to himself, deludes himself. Hence is … Continue reading Christian Love 22: No Place for Comparisons

Christian Love 21: Knowing Our Common Weakness

by Hugh Binning As a man may persuade himself to Christian love by the examination of his own heart and ways, so he may enforce upon his spirit a meek and compassionate stamp, by the consideration of his own frailty, what he may fall into. This is the Apostle's rule, Galatians 6:1—"Brothers, even if a … Continue reading Christian Love 21: Knowing Our Common Weakness

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

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