Christian Love 2: Love One Another

by Hugh Binning

No one could invent a more moving motive, God so loving us, sinful and miserable us, that he gave his only begotten Son, that we might live through him, and Christ so loving us, that he gave himself a sacrifice for sin. Oh then! Who should live to himself, when Christ died for others?  And who should not love, when, “God spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all?” “God commends his love to us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,”

Join to this so earnest and pressing command, [of love] even that is the will of Him to whom we owe to what we are, and we are redeemed.  This is all the burden He lays on us.  This is all the return He seeks for His unparalleled love, “This is my command, that you love one another, ” John 8:34.  Your goodness cannot extend to me, therefore the benefits and generosity you owe to me,  I give it rather to these whom I have loved, and I have forsaken love for my own life for them.  Now, He says, whatever you would understand yourself wanting to do for me, if I were on the earth among you, do it for these poor ones whom I have left behind me, and this is the showing of thankfulness I crave.  Matt. 25:34-40:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

and John 15:12,17

 “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. ….I command these things to you, that you may love one another.”

and His apostles after him.

1st Thessalonians 4:9

“But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, “

Colossians 3:14

“Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.”

1st Peter 4:8

 “And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.”

But above all, that beloved disciple [John], who being so intimate with Jesus Christ, — we may rightly conceive he was drawn very close to that affectionate disposition by his life with Christ, has been the most mindful of Christ’s compelling will.  He cannot speak three sentences but this is one of them.  All which may convince us of this one thing, there is a greater place and weight of Christianity in love, than in all the things for which Christians bite and devour one another.  It is the central law of the gospel, to which all positive precepts and ordinances should stoop.



[Language slightly modernized in places by this site.[ ] editors]

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