Sunday: August 23, 2020
Reference: Matthew 16:13-20
Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
“Opinions are beliefs of judgement that fall short of absolute conviction, certainty or positive knowledge”. Simply, opinions are neither facts nor truths hence, pretty much subjective. In many instances therefore, even if we don’t ask for opinions, people have their own opinions about us: what they think about us, how they perceive us and what they would tell others when asked about us.
In many cases, these opinions are privy only to those who form them, rarely reaching the ears of those about whom it is formed; unless it is solicited. Like we see in today’s Gospel, the opinions were already running around reaching the ears of Jesus when he asked his disciples. Interestingly, even though these were already in circulation, in no way did they influence the conviction of Peter when he was asked “who do you say I am?”
Therefore, while it becomes evident that the opinions we have about others becomes a determinant to how we interact with and relate to them, those opinions need not necessarily become the foundations to our very own. Whether it is a first encounter or an ongoing relationship, we appear to form and refine these opinions as time goes by.
Opinions however subjective, can approach certainty and so can be verified. Beloved, not every opinion is intended to undermine your achievements or pull you down, some will highlight areas of your life that can be improved on. So don’t be too quick to ignore all opinions, but for those that don’t add to you, pretend you never heard them.