John Wesley (1703-1791) was a founder of the Methodist movement that would become the Methodist Church. Understanding the importance of integrity and words, he required all Methodist pastors to sign a covenant . The covenant summarizes the biblical principles for how you deal with hearing a bad report about another with integrity. The six points of the covenant are listed below. Consider applying them in your own life if you hear a bad report about another.
1. That we will not listen or willingly inquire after ill concerning one another.
2. That if we do hear any ill of each other, we will not be forward to believe it.
3. That as soon as possible we will communicate what we hear by speaking or writing to the person concerned.
4. That until we have don this we will not write or speak a syllable to any other person.
5. That neither will we mention it after we have done this to any other person.
6. That we will not make any exception to any of these unless we thing ourselves absolutely obliged in conference.