“Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (1 Corinthians 13:5).
In the dress of a Hindu woman, her graceful robe is fastened upon her person entirely by means of a single knot. The long strip of cloth is wound around her person so as to fall in graceful folds like a made garment, and the end is fastened by a little knot, and the whole thing hangs by that single fastening. If that were loosed the robe would fall. And so in the spiritual life, our habits of grace are likened unto garments; and it is also true that the garment of love, which is the beautiful adorning of the child of God, is entirely fastened by little knots.
If you will read with care the thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, you will find that most of the qualities of love are purely negative. “Love envieth not, love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave herself rudely, seeketh not her own, is not provoked, thinketh no evil.” Here are “knots” enough to hold on our spiritual wardrobe. Here are reasons enough to explain the failure of so many, and the reason why they walk naked, or with rent garments, and others see their shame. Let us look after the knots.
Make sure it is fastened tightly and in the proper place. One will not want to be exposed as naked in the public’s eye.
Those that are dressed in the garment of the word of God that we wear daily must be thankful for that little knot of LOVE that holds the garment together. Our life is hinged on this single knot of love.
Here are some Scripture verses that will encourage you how to love.
- “ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44)
- And He said to him, “ Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ (Matthew 22:37)
- “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. (Luke 6:32)
- “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
- “If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
- “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)
- “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. (John 15:9)
- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
- Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (Romans 12:9)
- Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10)
- Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1)
- Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, (1 Corinthians 13:4)
- Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
- But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
- We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)