Thoughts about disagreement & cheating

When you’re secure in your beliefs, you won’t feel threatened by people’s opinions. If you connect with people heart-to-heart, disagreement is of little importance.

Dishonest people think cheating is rampant because they do it themselves. Fake accusations of cheating aren’t good for democracy. Cheaters like to accuse others of cheating.

If we’d all fight the corruption in our own heart, instead of blaming the other guys, the world would be a much better place. It’s easy to call others evil when you’ve hidden your own evil from yourself.

When people disagree, one is rarely completely right and the other totally wrong. It’s irrational to disagree with people before you hear what they have to say. Insecure people believe that people who disagree with them are against them.

Disagreement doesn’t cause problems. Insulting people you disagree with does.

True tolerance isn’t agreement. It’s kindness for the people who disagree with you.

If you base friendship on agreement, you won’t have many friends. You can apply the “Golden Rule” even when there’s strong disagreement. Try it.

When you want to put people in their place, respect them as made in God’s image. When people disagree with me, it doesn’t mean they’re wrong. I could be. People who disagree with me are amazing people who I can learn from.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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