Charity Follows Peace With All Men

Hugh Binning (Treatise of Christian Love), Works, p. 540:

Charity follows peace with all men, as much as is possible, Heb. 12:14. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men,” Rom. 12:18. Many spirits are framed for contention. If peace follow them, they will flee from it. But a Christian having made peace with God, the sweet fruit of that upon his spirit is to dispose him to a peaceable and quiet condescendency to others; and if peace flee from him, to follow after it; not only to entertain it when it is offered, but to seek it when it is away, and to pursue it when it runs away. (Ps. 34:14, which Peter urges upon Christians, 1 Pet. 3:8-11.) “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another: love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise, blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. Let him eschew evil, and do good: let him seek peace, and ensue it.”

Source:, Comment 1


Humanity Elevated by Christianity

Hugh Binning (Treatise of Christian Love), Works, p. 540:

Some will grant they should be tender of offending the saints. But they do not conceive it is much matter what they do in relation to others, as if it were lawful to murder a Gentile more than a Christian. That is a bloody imagination, opposite to that innocent Christian, Paul, who says (Phil. 2:15), we should be “blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,” among whom we should shine “as lights.” And truly it is humanity elevated by Christianity, or reason purified by religion, that is the light that shines most brightly in this dark world. And he says (in Col. 4:5), “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without,” and (1 Thess. 4:12) “walk honestly toward them that are without,” – avoiding all things, in our profession and carriage, which may alienate them from the love of the truth and godliness, walking so, as we may insinuate into their hearts some apprehension of the beauty of religion. Many conceive, if they do good, all is well – if it be a duty, it matters nothing. But remember that caution, “Let not then your good be evil spoken of,” Rom. 14:16. We would have our eyes upon that too, so to circumstantiate all our duties, as they may have least offence in them, and be exposed to least obloquy of men; 1 Pet. 2:12, “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles, that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, they may by your good works which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Source:, Comment 1

Are We Ashamed of our Birth?

Hugh Binning (Treatise of Christian Love), Works, pp. 538-539:

1 John 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” And truly it is most natural, if it be so, that the children of our Father love each other dearly. It is monstrous and unnatural to see it otherwise. But besides, there is in this a great deal of resemblance of their Father, whose eminent and signal property it is, to be good to all and kind even to the unthankful; and whose incomparable glory it is to pardon iniquity, and suffer long patiently. A Christian cannot resemble his Father more nearly than in this. Why do we account that baseness in us which is glory to God? Are we ashamed of our birth, or dare we not own our Father? Shall we be ashamed to love them as brethren whom he hath not been ashamed to adopt as sons, and whom Christ is not ashamed to call brethren?

Source:, Comment 1

The Most Easy, Plain, Expedient, and Safe Way

Hugh Binning (Treatise of Christian Love), Works, pp. 537-538:

The way of charity is the most easy, plain, expedient, and safe way. In this way there is light shining all alongst it, and there is no stumbling-block in it. For the love of God and of our brethren hath polished and made it all plain, hath “taken away the asperities and tumours of our affections and lusts.” Complanavit affectus [it has levelled affection]. “Great peace have all they that love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.” Love makes an equable and constant motion, it moves swiftly and sweetly. It can loose many knots without difficulty, which other more violent principles cannot cut; it can melt away mountains before it, which cannot be hauled away. Albeit there be many stumbling-blocks without in the world, yet there is none in charity, or in a charitable soul. None can enter into that soul to hinder it to possess itself in meekness and patience. Nothing can discompose it within, or hinder it to live peaceably with others. Though all men’s hands be against it, yet charity is against none. It defends itself with innocence and patience.

Source:, Comment 1

Nothing Else but the Law of Love

Hugh Binning (Treatise of Christian Love), Works, p. 523:

As God had moulded the rest of the world into a beautiful frame, by the first stamp of his finger, so he did engrave upon the hearts of men such a principle, as might be a perpetual bond and tie to unite the sons of men together. This was nothing else but the law of love, the principal fundamental law of our creation, – love to God, founded on that essential dependence and subordination to God; and love to man, grounded upon that communion and interest in one image of God. All the commandments of the first and second table are but so many branches of these trees, or streams of these fountains. Therefore our Saviour gives a complete abridgment of the law of nature and the moral law, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; this is the first and great commandment. The second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,” Matt. 22:37-39. And therefore, as Paul says, “Love is the fulfilling of the law,” Rom. 13:10. The universal debt we owe to God is love in the superlative degree, and the universal debt we owe one another is love in an inferior degree.

Source:, Comment 1

Religion as our Work and Business

Hugh Binning, Works, pp. 468-469:

It must be a time of little access to God, and little faith, when we are all secure, and nobody goeth about religion as their work and business. We allow ourselves in it; therefore, we do exhort you, first, To purpose this as your end to aim at, and purpose by God’s grace to take more hold of God. There is little minding of duty, and that maketh little doing of it. Once engage your hearts to a love and desire of more of this, come to a point of resolution; I must know him more, and trust more in him, be more acquaint with him. And, secondly, Put yourselves in the way of duty. It is God that only can stir you up, or apply your hearts to the using of violence to God; but ye would be found in the outward means much, and in these ways God will meet with you, if you wait on him in them.

Source:, Comment 1

In Virtue of this Union or Oneness

“To set the ground of imputation in a clearer light, we must observe […] that the elect, before the righteousness of Christ is imputed to them for justification of life, are so closely united to him by faith, as to be one body, and which is still more indivisible, or indissoluble, one spirit with him, nor are they only united, but he and they are one, and that by such an unity or oneness, in which there is some faint resemblance of that most simple oneness, whereby the divine persons are one among themselves. But in virtue of this union or oneness, which the elect have with Christ by faith, they are accounted to have done and suffered whatever Christ did and suffered for them.”

(Herman Witsius, Economy of the Covenants 1, p. 403, para 31)