Christian Love 41:The Blessed Poor

By Hugh Binning   The first week of creation, as it were, afforded two individual examples of this wise arrangement of divine justice, angels cast out of heaven, and man out of paradise, a high and terrible aim at wisdom brought both as low as hell. The pride of angels and men was only the [...]

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Christian Love 40: Pride and Humility

By Hugh Binning   Now, I believe, if any man could but impartially and seriously reflect upon himself, he would see nothing of that kind, no true solid and real dignity to provoke love, but real lowness and misery to cause loathing.  There is a lie in every sin, but the greatest and grossest lie [...]

Christian Love 39: Prideful Dust

By Hugh Binning   Lowliness and meekness in reputation and outward form, are like servants, yet they account it no robbery to be equal with the highest and most princely graces. The vein of gold and silver lies very low in the depths of the earth, but it is not therefore base, but more precious.  [...]

Christian Love 37: Majesty of Meekness

By Hugh Binning   Having, then, such a Teacher and Master, sent to us from heaven, shouldn't we then glory in our Master?  But some may suppose, that he who came down from heaven, filled with all the riches and treasures of heavenly wisdom, should reveal in his school unto his disciples, all the mysteries [...]

Christian Love 36: Learning Meekness

By Hugh Binning   Humility is the root of charity, and meekness the fruit of both.  There is no solid and pure ground of love to others, except that the worthlessness of self-love be first cast out of the soul; and when that excessive evil is cast out, then charity has a solid and deep foundation: “The [...]

Christian Love 35: Love Covers Sins

By Hugh Binning   “Charity covers a multitude of sins,” (1st Peter 4:8) and therefore “above all things have fervent charity among yourselves,” he says.  What is above prayer and watching to the end, above carefulness? Indeed, in reference to fellowship with God, these are above all; but in relation to comfortable fellowship one with another [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]