There have been a great deal of controversial things happening in the world lately, such as same sex marriage becoming a nationwide right. People often have extreme feelings on controversial issues. So extreme in fact, many friendships have ended due to people disagreeing with each other.
This makes me sad. I don’t understand why people won’t respect each other’s opinions. Agree to disagree, if you will. You don’t have to agree on every single thing to have a good relationship. No two people will anyway, because God made everyone an individual, with unique tastes, thoughts & feelings.
Disagreeing with someone’s views on a topic doesn’t give you the right to force your views on them. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, whether it’s right, wrong or indifferent. If God Himself doesn’t force people to do anything, what makes you think you have that right?
I’m hoping, Dear Reader, that this doesn’t describe you. But, if it does, I pray God will help you to become more gentle & understanding in your behavior.
If you’ve been on the receiving end of harsh words due to a differing opinion, I’m very sorry. It’s hurtful, I know. If you haven’t lost your friend because of your views, but you two disagree, it may be a good idea simply to avoid discussing the topic. If you have a good friend, yet you both feel strongly on different sides of a topic, why let that one thing hurt your friendship? Agree to disagree. Simply accept that you both feel differently on the issue at hand, & don’t discuss it anymore. This really works if both people value the friendship & are willing to do this. I’ve done this myself in my friendships, usually with good results.
Sometimes though, it doesn’t turn out as well. Some people are so determined to make sure you hear their opinions & change yours to theirs, it will ruin a friendship. They always remind me of this one dream I had last year. I wrote about it here if you’d like to read it. I’ve been in that situation too, & it really hurts. A few years ago, I ended a friendship of 20 years because that person only cared about what he cared about, nothing else mattered, even hurting me. It still hurts to this day. Unfortunately in these situations, you’re going to hurt. It’s just a fact. All you can do is nurse your wounds, & appreciate the good, caring friends you have who are willing to accept you even if you differ on opinions.