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Do you have friends you disagree with?

Do you have friends you disagree with?

I'm sure the obvious answer is yes.

How do you maintain friendships with people you disagree with in certain areas? Do you just agree to disagree and not bring up those topics in conversation? Does it depend on what the disagreement is? Also, do you share your disagreement with them or do you just avoid the topic? At what point do you decide that you cannot maintain the friendship anymore? I'm sure the answers will vary greatly.

I am interested to hear stories about this if anyone is willing to share. I'm wondering how other people handle this type of thing.

re: Do you have friends you disagree with?

You're right, it's yes!

Honestly, it depends on the issue and the friend. I can't get into too much at the moment, I really need to get to bed in case I get called in to work. I'll try to respond over the next day or two. :-)

K

re: Do you have friends you disagree with?

Sure. And family, too.

Certain topics just don't come up. When I'm with someone, we discuss and share the things we have in common.

I'm a semi-hermit and don't socialize much anyway...if I limited my friends to only people whom I agreed with about everything, I wouldn't have any friends. ;)

re: Do you have friends you disagree with?

oh yes.

I have a small circle of very close friends. We like to be drama free. The only thing we can't agree on is where to eat LOL.

Now my very best friend... we tend to have very different views on a few things. However, I think that is why we are best friends. We totally respect each others views.

Our motorcycle friends? Well, we only disagree on how many times us women need to stop and use the bathroom. :)))))

re: Do you have friends you disagree with?

if I limited my friends to only people whom I agreed with about everything, I wouldn't have any friends.
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Oh, totally! No denying that! I'm more wondering about how people handle the disagreements.

Also, what if the friend is constantly bringing up areas where you disagree?

What do you do if the friend doesn't know that you disagree with them in a significant area? Do you tell them?

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re: Do you have friends you disagree with?

There are plenty of times when I disagree with a friend on a topic. Especially at discussion time after Bible study. Most of the time I keep my mouth shut... why bother being contentious. Occasionally though I’ll say something disagreeing if it really bothers me. But even then I try to be calm and willing to leave it be.

If it’s family then I’ll usually tell all but again not in the mood for a fight and willing to yield.

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How do you maintain friendships with people you disagree with in certain areas? Do you just agree to disagree and not bring up those topics in conversation? Does it depend on what the disagreement is? Also, do you share your disagreement with them or do you just avoid the topic? At what point do you decide that you cannot maintain the friendship anymore?
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It depends on what the issues are. Speaking of close friends, sometimes we laugh because we disagree. Sometimes we agree to disagree. Sometimes I don't share my disagreement because the topic is minor / it doesn't really matter. Sometimes the timing isn't right and we discuss it later.

There have only been a couple of times that it became too hard/burdensome to maintain the friendship anymore. Once, the Lord actually showed me that it was not a healthy friendship for me, so I had to let it go. I did not want to, but once I obeyed Him, I could see that much more clearly. He was right. :)

A verse (in Amos, I think) says, "How can two walk together unless they be agreed?" I have acquaintances with whom disagreement is usually not an issue, but when it comes to close friendships, it can be, particularly when it relates to one's view of the Word of God, worldview, etc.

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