Resources by Love

Love's Labours

Sep 4 THE grace of charity, or love, of which so much is most admirably spoken in this chapter, is absolutely essential to true godliness. So essential is it that, if we have everything beside, but have not charity, it profiteth us nothing. The absence of charity is absolutely fatal to vital godliness; so saith the Holy Ghost in this chapter. When, then, you read the apostle's high encomiums of charity, do...

1 Corinthians 8:7

The Heroic in Christianity

Feb 20 BRETHREN in Christ, every word which proceeds out of our Master’s lips is precious to us. We make no distinction between his promises and his precepts, but prize every syllable above rubies. A doctrine from him we value beyond the much fine gold, and a command is equally high in our esteem. Whether his teaching be practical or doctrinal, whether it be intended to guide the feet or to encourage...

Luke 6:32-34

The Lily Among Thorns

Feb 29 WE shall not enter into any profitless discussion this morning. We take it for granted that the Song of Solomon is a sacred marriage song between Christ and his church, and that it is the Lord Jesus who is here speaking of his church, and indeed of each individual member, saying, “As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.” I will not even enter into any...

Song of Solomon 2:2

Love's Medicines and Miracles

Jan 21 HEZEKIAH S recovery is a notable encouragement to prayer. If ever there was a case in the world wherein it seemed impassible that prayer could be of any avail, it was that of Hezekiah. It was perceivable by everybody around him that he was sick unto death. Why then think of prayer? The case was fatal. Would it not expose prayer to derision if such a matter were taken before...

Isaiah 38:17

Love to Jesus the Great Test

Oct 3 THE order of salvation is, first we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we obtain a change of heart as his gift, and then that renewed heart loves the Lord Jesus, in whom it has believed. Faith leads the train of graces, not love. It would not be preaching the gospel to say to men, “Love Christ; love to Jesus is an aftergrowth to preach the gospel is to...

John 8:42

Paved with Love

Sep 28 THIS portion of the Song describes the royal bridegroom as travelling up from the wilderness in an eastern palanquin, attended by his bodyguard, and by those who bear torches and burn perfumes. We have a description of the sumptuous chariot-bed in which this great monarch travelled, describing it as being made of cedar-wood, with pillars of silver, a basis of gold, curtains of purple, and then within it a tesselated...

Songs 3:10

Bands of Love

Jun 5 GOD, by the mouth of his prophet, is here expostulating with his people for their ungrateful rebellion against him. He had not treated them in a harsh, tyrannical overbearing manner, else there might have been some excuse for their revolt; but his rule had always been gentle, tender, and full of pity; and, therefore, for them to disobey him was the very height of wanton wickedness. The Lord had never...

Hosea 11:4

Heavenly Love-Sickness!

Nov 8      Sick! That is a sad thing; it moves your pity. Sick of love—love-sick! that stirs up other emotions which we shall presently attempt to explain. No doubt certain sicknesses are peculiar to the saints: the ungodly are never visited with them. Strange to say, these sicknesses, to which the refined sensibilities of the children of God render them peculiarly liable, are signs of vigorous health. Who but the...

Song of Solomon 5:8

A Sermon for Spring

Feb 23      THE things which are seen are types of the things which are not seen. The works of creation are pictures to the children of God of the secret mysteries of grace. God's truths are the apples of gold, and the visible creatures are the baskets of silver. The very seasons of the year find their parallel in the little world of man within. We have our winter – dreary howling winter, -...

Solomon 2:10-13

A Secret and Yet No Secret

Jan 26      OBSERVE the sweet titles with which Christ the husband addresses his Church the bride. “My sister” one near to me by ties of nature, my next of kin, born of the same mother, partaker of the same sympathies. My spouse, nearest and dearest, united to me by the tenderest bands of love; my sweet companion, part of my own self. My sister, by my Incarnation which makes me...

Song of Solomon 4:12, 15