MENTORING CORNER/STUDY GUIDE, “NAVIGATING SOCIAL INTERACTIONS,” 28.01.19
- How do you characteristically navigate social interactions?
- On what basis do you make your decisions regarding responses to any controversial topic of discussion? Do you side-step, try to be agreeable to avoid conflict or offending someone; or do you speak the truth in love (Eph.4:15)?
- What would it take for you to begin to view challenging, difficult situations as opportunities, instead of threats?
- What will it take for you to begin to take charge of, and navigate your social interactions in a more productive way – a way which emulates the Jesus/Yeshua Way?
- Study the examples of Yeshua’s responses in these difficult/challenging situations, and assess: (a) What would your response have been? (b) Recent situations you have been in and what/how you responded; © How should you have responded, if you were following Yeshua’s example?
- Think of all the times that you have compromised God’s Truth due to fear. Identify the source of your fear – fear of disapproval, rejection, persecution? How many opportunities have you missed due to fear, political correctness?
- Now identify the root of that fear (i.e., where does it come from? What is its origin?), and put it to death on the Cross. Rebuke it and command it to leave you.
- Go back and review each of the examples in Matthew and Luke again, this time, with a view to jarring your memory about missed opportunities; and, asking for discernment and awareness, that the Holy Spirit would prompt you to practice using such social situations for opportunities to introduce or teach others about the Kingdom of God.
- Begin to replace your past/present patterns of fear/avoidance with new patterns of boldness, viewing such social situations as opportunities, instead of threats.
- Identify those instances when you become easily defensive in response to comments or questions from those around you. Look behind that defensiveness now. Identify the root cause or your defensiveness, and put it to death on the Cross of Christ.
- Practice replacing defensiveness with (a) assertiveness or (b) kindness – whichever is most appropriate to the situation.
- Begin journaling how you respond from henceforth in these social situations. As you journal, prayerfully commit each recurring situation to the leading of the Holy Spirit, bringing your thoughts into captivity unto the obedience of Christ (2 Cor.10:5), beginning a new pattern.
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