Christian Love 42: Humble Beginnings

By Hugh Binning   Now these are the steps of it, mentioned in Matthew 5, and the lowest step that a soul first ascends to him by, is poverty of spirit, or humility.  And truly the spirit cannot meet with Jesus Christ til he first bring it down low, because he has come so low himself, [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:16

By Robert C. Chapman   “My beloved is mine, and I am His: He feeds among the lilies.” (Song of Solomon 2:16)   How large your pasture, O my soul! Fair and pleasant! In Him all fullness dwells! Immanuel is the express image of the Father, the brightness of His glory: Jesus’ name, how excellent! [...]

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 [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:15

By R.C. Chapman   “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) I am troubled and ashamed, as this warning strikes the ear, this precious warning voice of my Beloved! Alas! My neglected spirit, what has it not cost me! When I [...]

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 [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:14

By R.C. Chapman   “O my dove, that is in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your countenance is comely.” (Song of Solomon 2:14) Does it make you moan, O my soul, complaining, [...]

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 [...]