A Closer Look

The better acquainted we become with others, the more we are able to see their imperfections. This is true in all close associations, especially in the local congregation. Herein lies the test of one's character. It takes little effort to focus on the faults, failures, and irritations of others and to comment on them.
However, it takes conscious effort to see and comment on the qualities we admire. The result of expressing the qualities we admire in others can produce dramatic results in them and in us.
We need to look for the good in others (the "bad" is obvious), just as we want them to look for the good in us! Is this not what "brotherly love" is all about?

". . . walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love."
Ephesians 4:1-2
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere
love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.
1 Peter 1:22
Friends are people who love us in spite of our faults.