Do you have an onion? (Oops, I mean an opinion.)

Arrogant opinions are like onions. They “reflavor” the truth and can make people cry. The fact that an opinion is popular, doesn’t make that opinion a fact. Opinions may align with truth, but frequently don’t.

Unverified opinions could be called “jumping to confusions.” When it comes to opinions, consensus is often better than conflict; cooperation better than collision. The person who disagrees with you may be right, but the person who insults you is always wrong!

Clarity of understanding is more important than confidence in your opinions. People full of confident confusion about their own opinions, often create chaos.

The human heart isn’t designed to be on continual lockdown to our own opinions. It’s designed to open up to God and to other people.

Too often we let people’s opinions stop us from getting to know their heart. It takes courage to respect other people’s right to disagree with you and to be kind to them anyway.

Opinions that are angrily spoken by us are often bias. Opinions that morph into accusations become acts of aggression. People who lack confidence in expressing their own opinion, often feel a need to attack other people and their opinions. However, if the way you say something is offensive, people won’t be able to stay focused on what you say.

Opinions kindly stated are underrated. They’re much more convincing than putdowns. However, if your approach is to be offensive, instead of kind, most people will be defensive and automatically resist or reject your words.

If you feel the need to be unkind when expressing your opinion, you’re not very secure in your beliefs. When opinions saddle up with anger and override kindness, logic runs out the door.

There’s a big difference between wanting your opinions to be thought true, and wanting truth to shape your opinions. Opinions based on information that isn’t verified are guesses.

Everybody is entitled to an opinion, but perhaps it’s best not to become embedded in an opinion. Some people’s view of truth is that if they like an opinion, it is.

An opinion is a poor substitute for insight, curiosity, compassion, and understanding. Opinions can be debated, but facts need to be discovered. We need fact finders, not slander spreaders.

To insult or demean someone for holding a different opinion than you do, is cruelty driven by insecurity. Sometimes people need your kindness and compassion instead of your opinion.

It’s better not to have opinion, than to convince yourself of an opinion that isn’t true. If your opinion is wrong and you don’t know it, you’re deceived. Everybody has some wrong opinions. Dare we find ours? When someone thinks your opinion is inaccurate, there’s a chance (however slight), that they could be correct.

Make your opinion count. Align it with truth as much as possible. If people tried to impress their conscience, as much as they try to impress their friends, the world would be a better place.

Only three opinions about you matter: 1) Your own; 2) The opinion of your conscience; and 3) God’s. When you begin to see into people’s hearts, you realize that, regardless of outward differences, we inwardly are very similar.

Here is one of my personal opinions: I think the happiest people are the honest ones, because they feel no need to hide or disguise their thoughts and feelings.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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2 Responses to Do you have an onion? (Oops, I mean an opinion.)

  1. pepisher says:

    “Some people’s view of truth is that if they like an opinion, it is.” – Too often we see this happening! Statements based on opinions (and not facts) are used to appeal to people’s bias and thus justify their position. Really frustrating to see this at play on social media, but worst still, in politics.

    Great article.

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