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Wise In Your Own Opinion

Do not be wise in your own eyes…Prov. 3:7 (NKJV)

Let’s face it. We can all get caught up in our personal opinions from time to time.  And there are times when we can even find ourselves speaking in a way as to imply our opinions are an absolute truth. Unfortunately there are times when these opinions differ from the truth according to God’s Word. I believe the enemy loves when we do this, because we are destroying our future platform for speaking God’s truth, and we are being wise in our own opinion. We are warned against doing this very thing in the Book of Romans. 

Do not be wise in your own opinion. Rom. 12:16 (NKJV) 

Q: So what does it mean to be wise in your own opinion?

Well, this verse can literally be translated, “Don’t be conceited!”  When a person is dealing with being conceited they will usually display attitudes of being arrogant, proud, vain, smug, stuck-up and snobbish.  When a believer has this type of attitude and they believe they also have superior knowledge, it makes for a perfect disaster, especially when speaking forth their personal opinions as if it were God’s truth, when it is clearly not. 

Those who are “wise in their own opinion” tend to be self-promoting, self-seeking, and envious—they will speak out erroneous beliefs against the truth of God’s word in an attempt to work their way into a prominent position within the body of believers (cf. James 3:14-18).  There is nothing wrong with giving opinions, but we should always clarify when it is our opinion versus a biblical truth.  Too much confidence is put into the opinions of men and their writings rather than the Bible, and many are being led astray from false teaching. The apostle Paul warned Timothy of this very thing, as errant teaching was corrupting the early church.

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.  Grace be with you. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:20-21 (NKJV)

So we are to guard ourselves in the same way—we need to be careful of the teachings we receive—continuously comparing them to the truth contained within the Scriptures in the Bible.  

We need to guard ourselves from believing we have reached some sort of spiritual level—believing somehow others should view us as more special. It should always be our goal to remain humble and submissive to the will of our Lord.  And we can only find out His will by reading His Word daily, and allowing it to renew our mind and transform our lives (Rom 12:2).  We should never think we are in any way wiser than any of our Christian brothers and sisters.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Timothy 6:20-21 what should we be careful of with regards to those who speak to us?  

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself in the presence of people who have many strong opinions about religion or faith, and yet they cannot support it with the Scriptures?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Always look to support the things you hear and say with the Word of God.  Guard yourself against those who would twist, change, or distort certain Scriptures and take them out of context.  The best way to do this is to look at how the scripture was written; what the circumstances were; who it was written to; and then look to see if it is consistent with the rest of Scripture, and not conflicting. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for giving us Jesus as an example to model the correct way of humbly serving others. Lord, thank You for the wisdom of Your Word.  Help me to remember it as I walk through this day so I may apply it to my life and keep me walking correctly.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott 




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