True Brotherly Love

“Do you love them when they reprove you, and when their example condemns you? Can you bear and forbear with them? Can you forget their infirmities, or do you rejoice to magnify them? Can you cast the mantle of charity over their sins and pray for them, and watch over them, and pity, and love them still? And can you feel thus and act thus toward the poorest and most despised of the flock and that because he is a Christian? If so, here is your encouragement, “He that loveth is born of God (1 John 4:7).””

Gardiner Spring, Distinguishing Traits of The Christian Character, on Brotherly Love, p. 58
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