Strong Opinions – Job 32:20

“Let me speak that I may get relief;
Let me open my lips and answer.”

It seems Elihu is more concerned with his own feelings than the feelings of his distressed friend Job. He is dying to share his opinion. Sadly enough, I can relate. I especially experienced this pressure to speak as an arrogant young man.

We must never let our own opinions burn in us so strongly that we vomit them out on the one who is suffering. Just because we feel pressure to express our opinion does not necessarily prove that it should be expressed or that it is true, good or helpful. Our ‘relief’ must never take precedence over the pain of one who is suffering. Even a fool appears wise when he is silent (Proverbs). A young man, as I once was, often reveals his ignorance when he opens his mouth.

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