How much of what we hear daily is simply people’s opinions? And on what are those opinions based? Are they based on hard facts, cold evidence, emotional experiences or just something that they randomly thought out? How much of what they say is actually based on God’s word?
How do we react to these opinions? They have they have the ability to totally upset our emotional apple cart! We take these words, these ‘tasty trifles’ ask it says in Proverbs 18:8 and ingest them. We invite them into the parlour of our souls and entertain them.
Proverbs 18:8 – The words of a tale bearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.
We grant them an audience and mull over their significance. We devour the emotions they stir up and enjoy the torment they often cause. These tasty trifles that bring heartburn to our soul should never go past our front door. They should not even be able to have a glimpse of our hearts. They are able to cause so much pain and grief because we allow them to. We are guilty of bringing so much sadness over ourselves because we allow the opinions of others to touch our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 – Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says Take every thought captive. So, if we have to filter our own thoughts, how much bigger should the filter be that we use when people speak? Philippians 4:8 states that we must only think about lovely and noble things. Lovely, good, just, noble and true. Let us practice using the filter of God’s peace. If someone upsets us with their words, we must just remember that our God is bigger than anything the enemy can bring against us. Bigger, bolder, brighter and more powerful than we can ever start to imagine. The best of all is that this awesome God loves us and values us and even allowed His only Son to die for us.