|Affirmation in Small Group Life||
|By gkeylon | 29 Aug 2012 ||
In the life of a small group, there will usually be phases that the group travels through in developing a support system. We have looked at the building trust phase and the mutuality phase of this journey. Now let’s take a look at the affirmation phase of the small group life.
In the affirmation phase, group participants often begin to care-front each other with respect and sensitivity. They will support each other by pointing out the strengths of others and help with one another’s struggles. The apostle James tells us to “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16 NLT). Sharing with one another helps us get rid of guilt and shame and opens the door for God’s Spirit to fill us with His peace.
Any conflicts that surface in the small group should be viewed as a win-win versus a win-lose situation. There must be commitment to prayer throughout the group life because unresolved conflict can destroy a group. Group members should understand that commitment to each other means they should learn to disagree agreeably.