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, [...]

R.C. Chapman S.O.S. 2:1 pt.2 of 2

By R.C. Chapman   “I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys.” —Song of Solomon 2:1   He to whom all worship was due from angels and men became a worshipper and servant of the Father. Lord Jesus!  Thou art the Rose of Sharon! Thou art the Lily of the Valleys! For [...]

Life of Faith 13: Finding Joy in Justification

By Richard Sibbes   One may ask: "But what is the reason that many who are justified yet do not find daily comfort?" Perhaps they smear up themselves, and do not search the bottom of their corruption: as Psalm 32:8, David, when he kept close his sin, his bones waxed old through his roaring all [...]

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 [...]

R.C. Chapman S.O.S. 2:1 pt.1

By R.C. Chapman   "I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys." —Song of Solomon 2:1   O say, my Lord, for Thou reavealest secret things, the rose and lily, what their voice concerning Thee? Surely they join their scent and beauty to be a memorial of the Lamb of God.  O [...]

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 [...]

Life of Faith 11: The Justified Highly Value the Justifier

By Richard Sibbes Now let us see how it may be known that I live the life of faith in justification. By trying how it comes in the soul: as Romans 7:4, says the apostle, "Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined [...]

Life of Faith 10: Repentance, Confession, and Joy

By Richard Sibbes Look back every day to the passage thereof.  See how we have passed along, see what sins have escaped you; then come at night to God, confess and be sorry for all, resolve against all, crave strength against all.  Oh it is a fearful state to sleep in sin; better sleep in [...]

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 [...]