By Hugh Binning
Speaking of Paul and 1st Corinthians 13:
Now he shows the sweet properties of it [Christian love], and good effects of it, how universal an influence it has on all things, but especially how necessary it is to keep the unity of the church.
Charity[Christian love] “is kind” and “suffers long with”, it is able to remain calm and keep itself from retaliating or expressing resentment and generous and gracious toward those against them and or less powerful. And there is indeed no haughtiness of mind but is patient and long suffering. It is a great weakness and lack of courage and determination to be angry. Such a spirit does not control itself, it is in bondage to it own lust, but “he who rules his own spirit is greater that he who takes a city.” Now, it is much of this affection of love that overrules passion. There is a greatness and height in it, to love those who do not well deserve it from us, to be kind to the unfaithful, not to be easily provoked, and not soon offended and or displeased by others. A fool’s wrath is presently known. It is a folly and weakness of spirit, which love, much love cures and amends. It suffers much unkindness, and long suffers it, and yet can be kind.
Excerpt from The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning, Kindle Edition, Loc. 16455, [Some language modernized]