Should I Care What You Think?

Should I Care What You Think?

I recently saw a sign that read “To be offended by you I’d first have to care what you think.”   I first chuckled when I read it, but then after giving it more thought, I realized the truth of the statement.  Sometimes, we just put too much importance on people’s opinions.  Oh there is a  core group of people in our lives whose opinions should matter to us. It would often do us well to seek out those opinions to possibly add clarity to any given situation or shed additional insight that we’ve missed. But it’s most often the unsolicited opinion that we can relate to this sign.  If you find yourself offended, consider the source and whether it’s worth your time and aggravation.  Now when it comes to the Word of God, if we find ourselves offended or getting agitated, then perhaps we need to figure out why.  The Word has a tendency to shed light on darkness which can be a source of agitation if that darkness is found in us.  But if all is well in your life according to the standard of the Word, then, as far as the rest of the world goes, you decide whose opinion matters to you.

1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)

7 Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips. Proverbs 14:7 (NLT)

4 Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Proverbs 26:4 (NLT)

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Take good counsel and accept correction— that’s the way to live wisely and well. Proverbs 19:20 (MSG)