One of the best gifts we can give each other is the acknowledgment that each of us is answerable to God first and foremost. Imposing our opinion shuts down a relationship. Listening with an open heart keeps it open.

We may disagree with someone’s perspective, opinion, decisions, or beliefs, but when we realize that God is the One responsible for them, not us, we free that person to explore all God has for them without fear of our reaction.

We must be careful to not assume we know God’s plan for another’s life. And we must be careful to respect and honor their God-given right to make their own choices.

If we are concerned about someone’s choices, the best thing we can do is to pray for them that God’s purpose in their life prevails. We can trust God to accomplish His purposes for them, just as we can trust Him to do the same for us!