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 any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Col. 3)
And indeed these are so high and sublime works, as love must yoke all the fore-mentioned graces, unite them all in one troop, for the accomplishing of them. And the great and sweet fruit of all this is understood in the 15th verse, “The peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you are called in one body.” Peace with God is not the meaning here, but the peace which God has made up between men. All were shattered and torn apart. The Lord has by his Son Jesus Christ gathered so many into one body, the church, and by one Spirit gives life to all. Now where love is predominant, there is a sweet peace and harmony between all the members of this one body. And this peace and tranquillity of affections rules and predominates over all these lusts which are the factories of contentions, strife, and wars.
Except from The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning, Kindle, Loc. 16424 [Few words modernized by this site]