Christian Love 34: Love is No Tale Bearer

By Hugh Binning   Charity is no tale bearer. It does not go about as a slander to reveal a secret, though true, (Proverbs 20:19) It is of a faithful spirit to conceal the matter. (Proverbs 11:13) Another man's good name is as a pledge laid down in our hand, which every man should faithfully [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:12

By R.C. Chapman   “The Flowers appear on the earth; and the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” (Song of Solomon 2:12) Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted! And Your people, Lord Jesus are all [...]

Christian Love 33: Love Speaks Goodness

By Hugh Binning   Where there is a purity of truth, but also accompanied with envying, bitter strife, rigid judging, wrangling, and such like, then it is defiled and corrupted by the mixture of vile and base affections, ascending out of the manure pile of the flesh.  The vapors of our lusts arising up to [...]

Christian Love 32: Love Seeks Peace

By Hugh Binning   Charity follows peace with all men, as much as is possible, (Hebrews 12:14) “If it be possible as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men,” (Romans 12:18). Many spirits are predisposed for contention.  If peace follows them, they will flee from it.  But a Christian having made peace [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:10

By R.C. Chapman   “My Beloved Spoke, and said to me: Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:10) Don’t you hear, my soul, the voice of Jesus, the voice of the Beloved! He is able to speak in thunder, His word can shake heaven and earth; and can [...]

Christian Love 31: Love Makes Holy

By Hugh Binning Charity by all means will avoid scandal, and live honestly in the sight of all men.  The apostle says, “Give no occasions for stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the assembly of God,” (1st Corinthians 10:32)  And he adds his own example, “Even as I please all men in [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:9

By R.C. Chapman “My Beloved is like a roe, or a young hart: behold, He stands behind our wall, He looks forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice.”  (Song of Solomon 2:9) The heavens have received my Lord! By His own blood He passed into them, and has set down at the right [...]

Life of Faith 21: Turn the Valve

By Richard Sibbes   Two things are opposite to this life of faith. One, Despair.  This cuts the pillars of hope.  Against many, as Luther for one, have been tempted to despair, but yet setting on the work, have overcome.  So the Israelites were afraid, upon the evil report of the spies of Canaan; but [...]

Christian Love 30: Righteousness, Mercy, and Intercession

By Hugh Binning We will not be curious in the ranking of the duties in which Christian love should exercise itself.  All the commandments of the second table are but branches of it: they might be reduced all to the works of righteousness and of mercy.  But truly these are interwoven through each other.  Though [...]