Often, obstacles come into our relationships and interfere with our ability to truly see one another. There are times when the reactions we see from the other person seem irrational or make no sense to us. But in truth, everything comes from somewhere. One of the greatest influences on ability to navigate relationships and the inevitable disagreements that arise is what we saw modeled growing up in our family of origin.
Lesson 2: The Table
In this lesson, we will discuss how the table in Scripture represents themes of grace, provision, connection, and more. The table is an expression of covenant and reflected the very nature of God Himself.
Lesson 3: What Did You Expect?
Many of our disconnections in relationships of all kinds are related to our expectations of those with whom we are in relationship. We often construct stacks of obstacles that keep us from truly seeing each other. This stack begins with expectations that are not met. These expectations became disappointments resulting in judgements or offenses, leading to bitterness and separation.
Lesson 4: Pushing Away from the Table
Disappointment in life is inevitable. These disappointments when not dealt with can lead to judgment or offense. These judgments are unauthorized opinions about the other person that relate to our expectations.
Lesson 5: Removing Obstacles Through Compassion
Our ability to respond and to gain understanding in times of conflict begins by being able to see the person on the other end of the table of our relationships. When we can see the other person accurately, we are moved with compassion, leaning toward them in grace, meeting the need in mercy. We are revealing the very heart of God.
Understanding truly happens when we can focus on person at the other end of the table of our relationships rather than ourselves, giving them our total attention. In this lesson, we will begin to dismantle the stack of obstacles between us on the table.