HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“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.
The things that easily separate us from one another and helps us fall from grace. If we will look at this 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians closely we will see how far we are from the divine straits of God. The graces of God or those “little knots” that keep us in harmony and unity in the presence of Almighty God. Teaching us how to love our Father and our brothers and sisters. There is where Christianity starts by loving one another.