1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,…
is acting contrary to a scheme to form which is becoming, or due, or right. It is, in fact, to be deformed; for there is a deformity of mind as well as a deformity of body: and just as deformity may affect various members of the body, so also may it affect various qualities of the mind or soul. Hence we get an enormous range for this word unseemliness. Beauty is the very-type or attribute of God's creation. All things, as they originally left the Creator's hand, were beautiful, being "very good." All things were "seemly" and "comely." Sin alone marred their fair proportion, and their seemliness and comeliness. Sin alone introduced deformity and undue proportion. Man was created "seemly" in the image of God. The impress of God's love was upon the soul of man. God is love — charity. So love is not, and cannot, and doth not, behave itself "unseemly," unlike the image upon which it was formed or fashioned.
(J. B. Wilkinson, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,