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 S.O.S. 1:13

“A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me: He shall lie all night betwixt my breast.” —Song of Solomon 1:13 My Soul! Is the night season wearisome! Art thou like a sick man, full of tossings to and fro, because of sin that dwelleth in thee, and because of longing to behold thy Lord [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 1:12

By R.C. Chapman "While the King sitteth at His table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof." —Song of Solomon 1:12 Happy Spirits! Ye who banquet above with Jesus, we give you joy!  Your joy is ours, and our sweet company when ye quit our company, departing to be with Christ; we also see our Lord's [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sweet Drops 9: Changing Sight

By Richard Sibbes The more we set before the soul that quiet estate in heaven which the souls of perfect men now enjoy, and itself ere long shall enjoy there, the more it will be in love with it, and endeavor to attain unto it.  And because the soul never works better, than when it [...]

Christian Love 8 : Greatness of Love

By Hugh Binning Now to complete the account of the eminence of this grace, take the remarkable chapter of Paul's, 1st Corinthians 13., where he uses the comparison between it and other graces, and in the end pronounces on its behalf, "the greatest of these is love."  I wonder how we please ourselves, as if [...]

Christian Love 6: His Love Fulfills

By Hugh Binning Add to this another special mark of how great an excellence Paul puts on love, or Christian love.  "but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith;" (1st Tim.1:5) If this were rightly thought on, I believe it would fill our [...]

Christian Love 5: He Makes Peace

By Hugh Binning Now the special exercises and operations of these graces are in the 13th verse,"forbearing one another, and forgiving one another," according to Christ's example. 12 Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if [...]