Being Opinionated Is Not Being Strong
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. The word “opinionated” means: “conceitedly assertive and dogmatic in one's opinions” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
1. To be conceited is to be, “excessively proud of oneself”. Where does that sit with God (Romans 12:3)?
2. Being assertive is to have, “a confident and forceful personality”.
a. Certainly, there are times to be such (Philippians 1:12-14).
b. However, that is not to be our constant demeanor (I Peter 5:5).
3. To be dogmatic is, “inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true”. Where does that sit with God (I Timothy 6:20-21)?
B. Christians must fully grasp how little our opinions matter (I Corinthians 4:6).
1. Fools think they’re right (Proverbs 12:15).
2. Fools will argue with confidence (Proverbs 14:16).
II. Body: Does having a big mouth make one strong spiritually (I Corinthians 4:18-21)?
A. Jesus is the epitome [perfect example] of strength (Hebrews 12:1-3), but had a mindset many would not consider strong (John 13:1-17).
1. The faithful are to have Jesus’ mindset (Philippians 2:3-8).
2. Our freedom in Christ has us other people minded (Galatians 5:13-14).
B. The strongest of the faithful are the biggest compromisers (Romans 15:1-3).
1. Strong Christians never compromise on the truth (Proverbs 23:23, I Timothy 1:3-7, and Jude 1:3-4).
2. However, strong Christians do not have to have things according to “my way of thinking” (I Corinthians 10:23-33).
C. Avoid being an opinionated fool by being willing to listen (Proverbs 8:33 and James 1:19).
1. You don’t always have to talk (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3).
2. Being receptive to hear the right things (I Thessalonians 2:13) rather than listening to every thing (Acts 17:16-21; cf. Mark 4:24).
3. Even in matters of opinion, consider that someone might have a better idea than you and be willing to listen to their counsel (Proverbs 11:14).
4. Stop, get this point… BE A REAL LISTENER (Proverbs 22:17-21).
D. Some questions of self-examination for us (II Corinthians 13:5).
1. Can you recall times wherein you bowed out of a discussion because you didn’t know something or do you talk anyway (Proverbs 23:9)?
2. Do you want to argue about things that really don’t matter (II Timothy 2:23)?
3. Do you ever learn anything new (Proverbs 1:5)?
4. Could you allow someone younger, less experienced, and maybe even ignorant in things you know to teach you something (Ecclesiastes 4:13)?
5. Are you a sponge or a faucet (Proverbs 15:28)?
III. Conclusion: Be strong IN THE LORD, not in yourself (Ephesians 6:10).
© 2016 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager