Opinions are often best kept to yourself. Opinions can be very insulting.
Social media has made it very easy for people to share their opinions, most of which should have been held under lock and key. But instead we share them as though it is our right to pontificate about the problems of others. People get ticked off in the swapping of opinions and not much for unity has been accomplished.
Opinions are dangerous. Opinions can hurt people.
Love is patient and kind and thinks no evil, yet most people’s opinions are based on cynicism and a skepticism that sees evil everywhere.
Opinions are insensitive. Opinions are easier to share than money.
When people come to you and share their problems, generally we get busy telling them our opinions of those problems and our opinions on how those people could solve their problems. We don’t do anything to help, of course. “Well, hello! If they listened to me they would be helped.” Undoubtedly, then they’d have a swell life like yours then.
Opinions divide. Opinions do little to promote unity.
The only time people are united by their opinions is if their opinions agree. Then they only hang with people who have those opinions, so none of them have to deal with, like, truth and whatnot. After a while, since everyone around us has our opinions, we can safely assume our opinions are actually truth.
Opinions are us playing God. Opinions are our desire to be the originator of truth.
There is a reason God tells people to do everything by prayer and supplication–you’re supposed to talk to God about your problems and He can give you, not an opinion, but the truth on that problem, which can then actually help you. Most people desire to help you so they can look right and you can look stupid.
Opinions are typically uninformed. Opinions are the same thing as judgment.
Job suffered and his friends gathered to tell him what an awful person he was. They shared one opinion after another about Job’s sorry lot in life. None of them were right, but they all felt right in their high and mighty judgmental opinions. As Elihu said to Job, “I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.” O, goody, goody!
Opinions come from people who have no control over their mouth.
“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”
Opinions come from people who think they are right.
The only reason you open your mouth to share an opinion is because you think you are right. Boy howdy, wouldn’t the world be grand if you called the shots?
“Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God.”
Opinions lack faith
Your notion that you can actually understand other people’s problems and can also fix them is a gross misunderstanding of who you are in light of God’s Word. “That which is crooked cannot be made straight.” Yet you would have us believe that you are God’s gifted straightener to our planet. When we rely on ourselves and our own understanding, we chuck God, His Word and that little thing called “faith.”