Thus We May Go Hand In Hand Together

Hugh Binning (Treatise of Christian Love), Works, p. 532:

Louis Le Nain 007Here we know but darkly and in part, and therefore our knowledge, at best, is but obscure and inevident, oft-times subject to many mistakes and misapprehensions of truth, according as mediums represent them. And therefore there must be some latitude of love allowed one to another in this state of imperfection, else it is impossible to keep unity, and we must conflict often with our own shadows, and bite and devour one another for some deceiving appearances. The imperfection and obscurity of knowledge should make all men jealous of themselves, especially in matters of a doubtful nature, and not so clearly determined by scripture. Because our knowledge is weak, shall our love be so? Nay, rather let charity grow stronger, and aspire unto perfection, because knowledge is imperfect. What is wanting in knowledge let us make up in affection, and let the gap of difference in judgment be swallowed up with the bowels of mercies and love, and humbleness of mind. And then we shall have hid our infirmity of understanding as much as may be. Thus we may go hand in hand together to our Father’s house, where, at length, we must be together.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90190-Let-charity-grow-stronger-and-aspire-unto-perfection, Comment 1

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