4 more installments to help shape our thinking on what is Biblical love. Thus far we can see that charity is composed of very important traits that we can use to examine our hearts in order to see if we have this particular grace. Being a Christian means that God has given us the grace and the ability to exhibit all these characteristics of charity.
1. Doth not behave itself unseemly - as I was studying this with the Bible tools that I have through 'esword' (I'll have to recommend this tool later), I really appreciated what two commentators have to say about this. Allow me to give a little bit of a disclaimer. I don't suggest running to any commentary as the first step to true Bible study. In fact, Commentaries are the some of the last items that should be used for Bible study. NOW to the commentaries. This phrase means "...Not in a manner which deserveth reproach." (Robertson) and "prevent violation of decency..." (Barnes). Adultery, fornication, and any other type of immorality (I think fornication covers everything else though) often masquerades itself as love. BUT the end result of such is a reproach that cannot be wiped away. I believe this verse is a great proof text to help people see the stark contrast between godly love and worldly lust.