We all know someone who always thinks they are right.
Maybe we ourselves are that person in our group of friends.
How to relate to that person, according to the Bible?
I would like to share a biblical text that presents an interesting idea that we could apply to this topic.
Read it with me:
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
| Romans 15:1-3, 5-7, 13
Based on this text, we can propose an alternative to deal with those who always believe they are right.
This is certainly a particularly beautiful passage.
One of those passages that make me think about how beautiful it is to be a follower of Christ.
Basically the first thing Paul is saying in the previous chapter and this is:
“There is a group of people who have opinions, of non-transcendental things, which are different from ours.
No matter if they’re wrong, don’t contradict them, or allow yourselves to fight over trivial things.
Simply demonstrate the love of Christ by accepting, and respecting what they propose, and maintaining the unity of the body of Christ.
Do not hurt them or reject them, it is better to sat away from what they dislike and that for us it is not important, that way we love them to keep their faith.”
That is, the person is more valuable than being right or wrong.
If the subject is not transcendent for eternal life.
Don’t fight over it.
In a world where many of us believe and want to be right above others.
In a world where we argue and fight over little things, simply to prove us right and others wrong.
In that world where the self and my opinion prevail.
The apostle says, no.
“The issue is not transcendental to the faith.
It’s not even worth arguing even if we’re right.
For the sake of love to them just don’t contradict them.”
And not only this, but he teaches us, and tells us that, even if we have to stop doing something that is right for us, and that pleases us, for the love of the faith of our brothers and sisters, let’s just put it aside.
People who always believe they are right, present us with an opportunity to love as Jesus loves.
To improve our character.
Instead of fighting with them, let us love them, avoid unnecessary conflicts and pray for them.
God in his time will help them.
Lord, you “the God of hope” teach me to love others as you do.
Teach me to strip myself of self in love for my brothers, even if I have to stop pleasing myself or if I have to make myself uncomfortable for their benefit.
May the priority of my life be you and the care, service, and love for those you also love.
Are you one of those people who always claim to be right? Do you know someone like that? What is your experience? Share in the comments.
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Blessings and a hug.