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How Other People’s Opinions May Be Causing You To Lose Out On The One

Have you ever tried something or decided not to try something based on someone else’s opinion?

For instance, you may go to a certain church or denomination because your family grew up going to that one. Or you joined a certain organization, career field or trade because that’s what a family member did and was successful in. We even reconsider movie choices if someone we know and trust saw it before us and didn’t like it. We all have reviews and opinions, and often times we imply them on others because “we know best” in that situation and vice versa.

Sometimes we take the influence or preference of someone close to us to heart to the point that it may prevent us from making an important life decision or trying something simple and new.

When it comes to relationships can we really tell who’s for us or who’s giving their review or preference on love based off of their personal experiences?

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There’s a difference between wisdom from personal experience and emotional bias from personal experience. For instance when I would go around women who may have been divorced or cheated on they would give me the same reviews: that men are dogs, that they cheat, that they’re no good. However these would be the same women who asked me about my relationships and when I was going to get married! Ummm, ma’am, how can I trust you for advice when you’re too negative to give unbiased advice?

Truthfully I was also this person at one point.

I was hard on men for a long time because of my own unresolved issues with abandonment and growing up in a dysfunctional home when it came to romantic relationships. I had lack of trust and assumed the worst in men. Now I have eased up a lot and ask God for wisdom when my friends or family bring their dates or mates around. I don’t offer anything unless they ask.

Often times I’m hard on these potential boos because I know the person they are seeing and want the very best for them. But God’s wisdom shows that there are two people to consider in that connection, and I have to let God use me when necessary to speak to them and allow His Spirit to reach them on their own, just like He did in my life.

So we need to sincerely consider in our single, dating and married seasons who’s giving us good advice for relationships and who’s giving us biased advice.

Some further questions to consider:

What is the source(s) of your preferences?

Who is steering and influencing your choices in a mate?

How do you “hear” God in your everyday walk? Dreams, messages, impressions on the heart, etc.?

Is there someone you can trust to give you unbiased godly advice in this area?

At the end of the day you have to live with this person you marry, not anyone else, so the choice is ultimately yours. However it’s up to us to use discernment and filter out the good advice from the not so good. Some people in your life truly mean well, but God’s say should and always be the final authority.

Who do you go to for relationship advice?

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  1. Ashley Rae

    It’s so important to have clarity and a higher level of consciousness when it cones to these conversations. If you know who you are and what you want others should not be able to deter you. Grear read!

  2. Destiny

    I loved this so much. I’m working on growing my faith and choosing the right partner is something I really, really need to allow God to lead me to instead of me searching for. I typically go to my mom for advice and though she’s had failed relationships, I do trust that she has my best interest at heart and does her best to give unbiased advice despite her experiences. Just subscribed!

    • Tatianah Green

      Amen, Destiny! Thank you for your support and I pray that you are led by the Spirit in all areas of your life! God has an amazing plan for you, continue to be bold in your faith and trust Him!

  3. Courtney PW

    This is perfect timing, I’m just 2 months shy of reaching 3 years of dating with my boyfriend. It was a tough start for us both, me learning to trust again, taking time to heal from personal brokenness, and for my boyfriend, turning from fear, in addition to recognizing it’s okay to be loved. I’ll be 25 this year and my boyfriend 28. Both of my older siblings were married with kids by 21, and with us hitting 3 years, the judgement comes that if he hasn’t proposed yet he’s not the one. Or the “keep your options wide, because they’re all dogs”. My boyfriend hasn’t finished college yet, so I’m told I’m settling. I don’t share much, simply because I don’t see the need to, but emotionally, spiritually, and financially, my boyfriend is there for me. You hit it home when you stated there is a difference between wisdom and emotional bias. I experience the emotional biases a lot, but I’m grateful for continuous growth in my relationship with Christ to discern the difference between settling and having patience for God’s timing. Thanks for sharing this blog!

    • Tatianah Green

      You’re so welcome, Courtney, thank you for sharing! Be encouraged that your relationship is unique and in God’s timing everything will work out!

  4. Aria

    very good info! As a married woman I’ve learned to not really go to people for advice. I’ll go to my mom sometimes but if I need guidance I’m going to God. #blmgirl

  5. Dr. Asha

    This was such an interesting conversation to have with you. You helped me think about the influences on my preferences and dating style. Very helpful! #BLMGirl 🙆🏾‍♀️🤓

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