1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,…
Here is a little story which tells better than a dictionary can the meaning of the word "disinterestedness." The late Archdeacon Hare was once, when tutor of Trinity College, Cambridge, giving a lecture, when a cry of "fire" was raised. Away, rushed his pupils, and forming themselves into a line between the building, which was close at hand, and the river, passed buckets from one to another. The tutor, quickly following, found them thus engaged. At the end of the line one youth was standing up to his waist in the river. He was delicate and looked consumptive. "What," cried Mr. Hare; "you in the water, Sterling; you so liable to take cold!" "Somebody must be in it," the youth answered; "why not I as well as another?" The spirit of this answer is that of all great and generous doing. Cowardice and coldness, too, say: "Oh, somebody will do it," and the speaker sits still. He is not the one to do what needs doing. But nobility of character, looking at necessary things, says: "Somebody must do it; why not I!" And the deed is done.
Parallel VersesKJV: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,