Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. (George Washington)

Civility is lacking in many circles today, so Washington’s advice should be well taken. The last suggestion is really good advice, but it’s sad that it’s even necessary today. It’s a shame that we can’t simply trust those we consider to be friends. Not everyone has our best interests at heart, so we do need to be careful; but let’s be sure to demonstrate our own trustworthiness.

Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence. . . . Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. (Proverbs 11:13; 25:13)