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 [...]

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 [...]

Christian Love 14: Love Thinks No Evil,…but Rejoices in the Truth

By Hugh Binning thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  1st Corinthians 13 NKJV Christian love "thinks no evil." This love is apt to take all things in the best sense.  If a thing may be subject to different interpretations, it can put the best construction on it.  It is so benign [...]

Christian Love 11: Love Does Nothing Inappropriate

By Hugh Binning 1st Corinthians 13  5 —doesn’t behave itself inappropriately,.. Then Love does nothing unseemly, "doesn't behave itself inappropriately," 1st Cor. 13.5. Vanity and swelling of mind will certainly breakout into some inappropriate carrying of one's self, such as vain and conceited estimation, and similar things, but love keeps a sweetness and tastefulness in all [...]

Christian Love 10: Love Is Not Envious or Proud

By Hugh Binning   "Love does not Envy" Envy is the seed of all contention, and self-love brings it forth.  When everyone desires to be esteemed as greatests would have pre-eminence among others, their ways must interfere with one another.  This is what makes discord.  Everyone would take away from another's value, that they themselves [...]

Manton’s Merciful Appeals

By Thomas Manton For the other sort, who are kept from coming to trust Christ by their own fears, they are likely to say things like, “It is true there is mercy in Christ for sinners, but Christ has not callrd me personally.” - My brothers, what are you looking for? An audible voice to speak [...]

Excerpts of Mercy

Richard Baxter The Conviction of Sin Hugh Binning Christ’s Righteousness Christian Love: T.O.C. John Bunyan Merciful Appeal to Sinners R.C. Chapman Meditations on the Song of Solomon: T.O.C. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ, Ch. 1 Thomas Manton’s Merciful Appeals John Newton “Benefit of Affliction” John Newton “Those mistakes, blemishes and faults in others” Richard [...]

Poor and Needy

Poor and Needy Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.   If you have spent much time reading the Psalms, God's special affinity for the poor and needy and his disinclination for the proud and independent should be clearly communicated.  This aspect and revelation of God's character doesn't seem to [...]

Stewards of Mercy

I was struggling for a little while.  Maybe I shouldn't be publishing my thoughts as I am.  Maybe I am not ready to share my faith.  I probably do not know enough yet.  I was thinking about backing away from doing what I am now doing.  I thought maybe God doesn't want me to share [...]