My husband and I have been doing a fair amount of talking about “sharing beliefs” and “how to do that without becoming defensive” when you run into differences. It’s a great skill to have for overall life and certainly needed for husband/wife discussions.
One thing has been huge for us. When your worth and value has nothing to do with what you believe, it makes discussion easier.
If you see yourself as a person of worth (Jesus says you are) and you are on a journey of learning truth and growing in your understanding, it’s OK to have different opinions.
You can share what you believe and listen well to what others believe.
You can question (even change) your own beliefs and it’s OK.
You can share your beliefs and it’s OK if the other person doesn’t agree.
You’re still that same person of worth (and so are they). You’re just being considerate of each other’s journey into more truth. God may choose to use us in our sharing, but we can hold conversations lightly because it’s His job to lead us all into Truth.
It also makes it easier to love on folks. You don’t have to fix them. You don’t have to correct their “wrong” beliefs. You get to share life and enjoy the journey.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth … John 16:13a ESV
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