As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.
When I don’t agree with something, you will know about it. I may not always say it, I usually would do though, but I think my face gives it away most of time! So if you see my eyebrows furrowing when you’re talking and I’m still silent, I’ll apologise now because it’s probably because I don’t agree with you. I will keep quiet though, not because I know better, but because I will respect you and you have your own opinion.
Knowing when to disagree in the right moments, and when not to say anything at all, is really hard. Believe me, there have been many times when I have opened my mouth so wide that my foot has ended up in it. It’s only afterwards have I then realised I should have kept my mouth shut, despite how much I may have disagreed.
Standing up for what you believe in is commendable, but it’s not always the right thing to do in that moment. I’m not saying you shouldn’t stand up for what is right. If you see something is morally wrong then rightly so, something needs to be said. But if someone is just disagreeing with your opinion because they hold a different view, this is not being morally wrong. This is just a different way of looking at things.Standing up for what you believe in is commendable, but it’s not always the right thing to do in that moment. Click To Tweet
If your conversation turns into a full blown argument, why carry it on just so you want to get your point of view across? If it means hurting the other person in the process, and getting yourself worked up, is it really worth it? I don’t think so. In the long run, I think I would rather have a friend to talk to than lose a friend in an argument.I would rather have a friend to talk to than lose a friend in an argument. Click To Tweet
Something to think about…
There is not one opinion that is better than another, it is just different, and God loves and welcomes each and everyone of those different perspectives into His family. Next time you get into a conversation with someone and you disagree with them, why not think in that moment if it would be better to agree than disagree.
Lord, help me to watch my mouth if I find myself in a situation where I am confronted with someone who disagrees with what I say. Help me to discern when it is best to stand up and speak, and when I should agree to disagree. Amen
I wrote this post as a response to the Five Minute Friday word prompt “agree”. Everything written before the first line break was in 5 minutes.
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