The topic discussed was "Relationships: Getting Along With God and With Others."
The lesson began by participants articulating in their own words the meaning of the word "relationship" as they understood the term to mean. Most definitions included: kinship by blood, interpersonal relationships, intimate relationship, friendships, and soulmates. It was established that a relationship is the interactions and bond between two or more things, people or places. Relationship is the state of being connected or related in some way.
Then the facilitator, Rev. Margaret Minnicks, let the group know that of all the relationships one could ever be involved in, our relationship to God is the most important relationship. Also, we can have a good relationship with others only when we have a good relationship with God.
Some other things brought out in the discussion included these points:
- Simply knowing people doesn't mean you have a relationship with them. There must be some things in common. Also, you must establish a rapport with them through communication and interaction.
- Kinship relationships include our family. It has been said that we can't choose our family, but we can choose our friends.
- Intimate relationship involve long-term relationships or romantic relationships with people such as a lover, boyfriend or girlfriend.
- A platonic relationship can be between a man and a woman, but it involves no sexual contact.
- Soulmates are individuals who are intimately drawn together to each other through a meeting of the minds and who find mutual acceptance and understanding with each other. The group discuss Jonathan and Saul who the Bible said were soulmates. The Bible also said their souls were knitted together.
The discussion became intense when some members of the group began some transparent sharing about soulmates they have had in the past or still have today. Through that discussion, members of the group offered advice to those in toxic relationships that should be ended.
Next week's lesson is "Promises to Keep: Covenants, Contracts, Vows and Oaths."