Charity, Pt. 12

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

As we continue to go through this list of the characteristics of charity, we come today to the fact that charity “Doth not behave itself unseemly…”  The word unseemly is an old word that simply means “not proper or appropriate.”  Charity does not behave itself in an improper or inappropriate manner.

There are many, many things that, while they are not necessarily sins, they are not proper and they are not appropriate.  There are some things that are appropriate for some situations and not appropriate for other situation.  Charity has the wisdom to understand the difference and know how to deal with different situations.

In short, charity knows how to behave.  Charity knows how to act in various situations.  Charity knows how to behave at church.  It knows how to behave at work.  It knows how to behave at home.  Charity does not behave itself unseemly.  It is always appropriate.

There is something to be said for not being obnoxious.  Too often, people today just don’t care about others.  They just aren’t concerned with behaving properly.  But, the person with charity behaves himself or herself properly.  The person with charity does this because he realizes that there is something to life other than himself and bigger than himself.  There is the testimony of the Lord Jesus.  There are the lives of others.  There is influence on future generations.  We need to behave ourselves properly and appropriately because that is what charity does.


3 responses to this post.

  1. I think one of the reasons we have such a hard time with being appropriate is because our culture has come to value boundaryless living and life without boundaries cannot behave.


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