I've always been surprised at how different people can receive completely different spiritual revelation or strong impressions as to how they view a situation, or how they should react to it. Often I'll observe polar opposite reactions coming from good, God-fearing, spiritual people, earnestly seeking to do what is right while staying true to their internal moral compass.
Here are a few examples (and I sincerely hope no one takes offense to these or feels singled out, it's just open, solicitous pondering):
-I was recently in a situation with some people in which I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and love for the people I was with. In fact, I had a hard time leaving, as I wanted to stay there and bask in the sweetness and sincere goodness I felt coming from them. Someone very close to me told me that she had been in an identical situation with the same people and she felt as though she had literally "walked into hell." She felt this with the same tenacity with which I felt their goodness. We discussed it at length and couldn't come to a middle ground on the topic.
-At times, I have felt a distinct, strong impression that a certain course of action should be taken at home, work, in my church calling, or in any given situation just to have someone tell me they also had a distinct, strong impression that the exact opposite direction or action should be taken. Then it seems to become a battle of who received the strongest impression and who's more in the position to receive it.
-There is someone in my life that I feel with a strong conviction should remain close to me, my family, and the lives of my children. Another person, also close to me, with an earnest desire to do what's right, feels as though this person should not be a part of their families' lives. With the same conviction that I feel that this person should be a part of my life, this person feels that this person shouldn't be a part of theirs. A middle ground also cannot be reached.
I begin to wonder, how is it that the Spirit seemingly speaks so differently to different people, often sending them in opposite directions from each other? It leaves me confused and questioning my own internal receptors.
The hardest part is when someone else's spiritual revelation or impression "trumps" yours and you are left hog-tied, unable to outwardly act on your own impressions.
Like I said, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
By the way, I apologize if this is too personal of a subject for your taste.