What Is Your Opinion?

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
I John 2:3

We, that is all of us, tend to be opinionated. From atoms to asteroids, from viruses to volcanos, from chrysalis to the cosmos, from Mickey Mouse to Albert Einstein we have opinions.

There seems to be only one exemption about which we tend to have no opinion. Ask a person their opinion of himself and he will demure and dodge the issue.

With His last night with His apostles Jesus charged them with a challenge we each need to accept as personal when He said, “Let a man examine himself….” That, of course, relates specifically to the Lord’s supper, but it has a general application to all of life.

        “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged”. (I Corinthians 11: 31

There is an entire book in the Bible written to help us determine whether we are “in the faith.”  I John is the book designed to help us determine if we are in the faith. Since there is no issue more vital than determining whether we are in the faith, let’s begin with the exciting challenge of self-examination.

One’s self-examination can achieve a lot. In doing so it is important to be honest and truthful, not self-deceptive or self-delusional. 

“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26: 12) That is, the person who has a false opinion of himself is unwise.

Socrates said, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”    

“Research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively,” wrote Tasha Eurich, an organizational psychologist.

Are you a Christian? Can others tell it by your life? If not, you can change. It has been said the greatest discovery of the Twentieth Century is that a man can change his life by changing his mind. If you resolve to change your life to be more like Jesus, and you take the great Supernatural Transformer as your guide to do so, you can. 

It is not enough just to know the language, you must live the life. Apart from the Lord that is impossible. With His help all things are possible.      

The psalmist offers an example, “I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies.” (Psalm 119:59)