Many people struggle with being overly opinionated and judgmental. I can even admit that there was a time in my life when I fell into this group. But then I read Romans 14 and it changed the way I live my life.
Romans 14: 1 says, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” This verse sets the tone for the entire chapter, which explains why we should not judge people or try to shove our opinions down their throat.
Having an opinion isn’t a bad thing. We get hired on our jobs for the way we think. People come to us for counsel because of what know, believe and/or think. So having an opinion is a useful thing.
However, being opinionated is never a good thing. Being opinionated means to be narrow-minded. When someone is opinionated they feel their way is the only way, and it is that line of thinking that leads to a person being judgmental.
In reading the entire chapter of Romans 14 you will learn that God doesn’t want us to judge one another. He is the only judge. What He says is good is good, and what He says is bad is bad. We as humans don’t have the right to judge one another, and we should not put stumbling blocks in front of each other.
As Christians it is not our place to put down what others do. Instead we are to live lives with our fellow brothers and sisters that are peaceful and lead to mutual edification.
How will you live out your dash? Do you choose to be opinionated and judgmental? Or do you choose to live a life of peace? For me, I choose to keep my opinions to myself, to share my beliefs with the Lord, and to live a life of peace.