Consider the self window concept.
Share instances from your own experience where this has been true.
Are you an "Open Window" to God?
Going back to the diagram, how do you and God relate? Are you a
A. Good friend?
B. A Stranger?
How does God's knowledge of your "dark" area affect your approach to God?
Consider Jacob in the light of the above, particularly the occasion when he wrestled with God (who was here called "a man") in Genesis 32.24, "So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man." In Genesis 32.27, "The man asked him, 'What is your name?' 'Jacob,' he answered. Then the man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.'" What is the importance of knowing someone's name?✞
Consider those occasions in the Early Church when the followers of Jesus shared their possessions for example in Acts 4.32, "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had." What lessons can be learned from these stories concerning one's openness to God?
For those who consider themselves close friends, sit down in pairs, and write down some of the things in your "free" box, the "hidden" one for yourself, and something from your neighbor's "blind" box. When finished, exchange papers and discuss your answers together. (Be very careful of one another's feelings!)✞
Some other interesting insights into what happens when people meet together have been brought out by Dr. Eric Berne (1910-1970 AD) the Canadian born psychiatrist in his book, "Games People Play" and by a host of his followers in the study of the new science of "Transactional Analysis." While it tends on the one hand to be a cold search of the human soul, on the other hand it can enable us to see more clearly what happens to one person when addressing another.✞