1 Corinthians 13:5, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Today we’ll mainly be discuss this phrase: “Doth not behave itself unseemly.” The word, unseemly, means, out of character.
Whether it’s a sudden mood switch, road rage, lashing out on others during that time of the month, going off on store clerks, or folks just getting on your nerves in general…you must still walk in love consistently, and on purpose so you won’t behave unseemly or out of character.
Now, some people think that only Jesus can act like Jesus, but even the Apostle Paul admonishes believers at the Corinthian church, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
Our lives and the way we act towards others ought to be a reflection of the love of Jesus we have on the inside. (Romans 5:5) As the saying goes, you may be the only Bible a non-Christian will ever read before he or she ever picks up a physical Bible. Also, when you think of the phrase out of character…think of an actress.
An actress, in a scene where she is supposed to act sad due to a sudden loss isn’t going to burst out laughing in the middle of it. Why? Because her action, or reaction, would be unrealistic and out of place considering the circumstance. If that happened the director would yell, “Cut!” and the scene would have to be recreated.
Now consider your life.
Does your life and the way you act on a daily basis line up with what the Bible calls a Christian – or does the divine director, God, have to yell, “Cut!” a lot causing you to have to start over and Him to delay your promise simply because you’re not acting right?
Do you react according to the Word of God when your situation changes – i.e. do you praise through the pain and laugh through the storm knowing that in spite of what’s going on around you every thing is still going to be alright? (1 Thessalonians 5:18, Romans 8:28) Do you choose to walk in forgiveness with your ex or simply walk away from someone who may have done you wrong?
Do you remain, “in character,” as a Christian consistently? It’s not to say you have to be fake and put on a show.
Your actions stem from the love of God already in you, and the more you read His Word, the more you take on His character and begin to act like Him. The more you make an on purpose decision to act and react like Jesus (or ask yourself the popular question, “What would Jesus do?”) the more it will become second nature to you and become a part of who you are.
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.