Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 564
The God-fearing of all ages have lived in love because Christ lives in them. Like love welled up through Christ, the root, it flows through every branch and unfolding tendril of the vine.
No other fruit can it bear than the fruit of love—thistles cannot produce grapes—and the one that gives himself to God celebrates community in word, in life, and deed, with Christ. In love he becomes a member of Christ’s body.
Love seeks the honour of God before all else. It aims to please God and his community on earth. Love seeks the good of others before its own, and like the members in a body care for another, it serves the rest and Christ, under his loving direction.
Driven by the love of Christ all the members of the body remain one in spirit and soul. Under one rule, they follow Christ in lowliness of mind, honouring others above themselves, and rejecting worldly titles and fame. Love keeps them small and meek. It makes them ready to accept any discipline. It gives them wisdom to teach one another, and if any member sins, it lets the rest restore it through gentle means.
Hans Schmidt, -1558, Raiffach, Tirol, Austria