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

Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

By Richard Sibbes   Christian affections are as the wind, to carry us on in a holy life.  Thus strength, reason, and affections, these make a man work.  First, love sets us to work : "we love him," the apostle says,  "because he loved us first," (1st John 4:19).  We have his love first shed … Continue reading Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

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

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

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 1:15

By R.C. Chapman “Behold, thou art fair; my love; behold, thou art fair: thou hast doves’ eyes.” –Song of Solomon 1:15 What though the law in my members be vile and corrupt? Thou, Lord dost teach me to hate the evil I do, and love the good I do not. Thou dost sprinkle me with … Continue reading R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 1:15

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 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

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

Christian Love 13: Love is Not Easily Provoked

By Hugh Binning Love "is not easily provoked."  This is the straight and solid firmness of it, that it is not soon moved with external impressions.  It is long suffering, it suffers long and much.  It will not be shaken by violent and weighty pressures of injuries, where there is much provocation given, yet it … Continue reading Christian Love 13: Love is Not Easily Provoked