Can you discern facts from opinion?
Romans 14:1 – As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
Issues or opinions? The nation—and perhaps the whole planet—is fractured, and it is happening because of opinions. Based on opinions in common, groups come together giving its members a sense of belonging that psychologists are calling tribalism. Those tribal divides are in every corner of American society today. Yet, most Americans—regardless of their opinions—can agree on what the real issues are, like defeat the virus, restore the economy, live in harmony with each other.
Cross-check your own opinions today to make sure they conform with God’s Word and His standards. Recognize that, even though your opinion may differ from your neighbor’s, both of you are entitled to hold them. But take the time to listen to one another and look deeper for the real issue. Do as God instructed and don’t let your opinions be a stumbling block or a hindrance for someone else. Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, and be a source of love toward others in your words and actions.
God, You are so patient with us. You see the quarrels and the dividing opinions among us, and yet You gently tell us to be slow to speak but quick to listen. It reminds me of what my mother used to tell me about having two ears and one mouth, and how to use them with those numbers in mind. Help me today to be more willing to look for the deeper issues and not to settle for just my own self-established opinion or the opinions I’m hearing from others. Drive me to the places in Your Word where my opinions might need correcting, for I desire to always be transformed by Your Spirit. In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen.
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Lifting our elections up to the Lord helps all of us keep the focus on the most important topics as well as softens our hearts to love everyone, even those with whom we may disagree. Believing differently shouldn't stop us from sharing God's love and His Word with others.