Right now our culture is divided. It’s safe to say that everyone is upset about some injustice somewhere. We all have an opinion. Everyone wants to be heard but no one wants to listen. Like every mom knows best, God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.

Have you heard the saying? “Opinions are like @$$-holes everybody has one.” I admit it’s not my favorite saying but the message it communicates is true. 

Now hear me, I’m not saying opinions are bad. There are actually injustices in this world and we do need advocates to help make change. 

“Love does not rejoice in injustice but rejoices whenever truth wins out.”  1 Corinthians 13:6

And in the same breath... 

"If I possessed all knowledge, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2

We are so set on our opinions that we would rather share a viewpoint and be right, than share love and be like Christ! 

We are missing it!

I have seen more people stand up for what they believe is right and bulldoze people with hate and cruelty without a glance of regret. Can you see it? Arrogantly with their nose in the air, almost as if they’re saying “All you who disagree with me are beneath me and deserves this hateful shade I’m throwing your way!” 

Did Jesus throw shade on the cross? 

If anyone had an injustice to throw shade about it was Him. Yet we see love abound. His life, full of hope, and understanding was motivated by love. 

Are we sharing our opinions motivated by love?

I think many of us would say, “Yes” but do we really know what real love is?

Love isn’t  rude   

Love does not demand its own way

Love is not irritable

Love doesn’t take offense

1 Corinthians 13:5

Have you ever been rude to someone because you didn’t share the same viewpoint?

Have you ever demanded that your way was the only correct one?

Have you ever been irritated with someone who disagreed with you?

Have you (or are you currently) holding onto unforgiveness or offense toward someone or multiple people because you felt you were hurt by them and it all stemmed from a difference of opinion? 

There are a lot of soapboxes to be standing on in our culture today. But none, NONE, of these issues will be heard unless love abounds in the pursuit of justice.