Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;1 Corinthians 13:5(KJV)
Had the believers at Corinth been walking worthy of their calling, there would have been no need for Paul to write this stinging, corrective teaching in the thirteenth chapter of first Corinthians, but all aspect of love were missing from their lives and their ungodly behavior required Paul's stern admonition: to love as Christ loved us. The wealth of spiritual gifts given to this body of believers, sharply contrasted an absence of spiritual fruit, for godly love was missing from their church community and the lives of individual believers.
When this beautiful chapter on love is divorced from its correct context it becomes a sentimental sermon rather than a corrective commentary. The unseemly behaviour of these carnal Christian was displayed in their worship services, their 'love' feasts and their unloving attitude towards each other in many areas of life: but love does not behave itself improperly, and the selfish greed and carelessness of the Corinthians church was even present at the Lord's Table and they were charged to act appropriately and even warned about the possibility of God's disciplinary consequences towards them: for love seeketh not its own and is not selfish and self-centered.
Provocation within the body of believers had similarly reached extraordinary levels as they readily argued amongst themselves, and even sought unbelievers to referee their quarrels and disputes: but love seeketh not her own and does not demand its own way, but rather in lowliness of mind they should have esteemed other as better than themselves.
Sadly, the thoughts of the minds of these carnal Christians were continuously evil, for they had reverted to living the way of the world, where they were dominated by the old sin nature rather than: thinking no evil.. walking in spirit and truth, and love.. and being subject to their new life in Christ, and yielded to the indwelling Spirit of God.
Let us in the power of the Holy Spirit walk worthy of our calling, and love others as Christ loved us. Let us behave in a seemly manner that glorifies the Lord and selflessly esteem others as better than ourselves... Let us seek to grow in grace and produce the spiritual fruit of righteousness and love - and let us take every thought captive.. being washed in the Word of godly love.
Heavenly Father, teach me I pray to walk in love and keep me from any unbecoming actions or ungodly motives. Identify in me any areas of my life that discredit my witness for You and I pray that I may walk in the way of righteousness. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.