I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody. (Benjamin Franklin)

The 19th century pastor and writer C. H. Spurgeon also wrote, “If there were no gratified hearers of ill reports, there would be an end of the trade of spreading them.” These observations provide possible solutions to the disunity we see and hear all around us today. We would do well to follow the admonition, “If you can’t say something good about a person, don’t say anything.”

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain. . .[they] encourage many. (Proverbs 10:11, 21)