Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Counseling Others

So, what am I thinking about today?

I'm still thinking about yesterday's post. I want to look at it from a different angle today.

What do I do when someone calls me with an issue/problem in their life? Do I immediately default to providing false assurances and start telling stories from my own life or others that I know concerning their issue? Or do I direct their eyes to Scripture and the truths found there?

Most times I will try to direct my friend's gaze to Scripture.... but sometimes I just start rattling about my own thoughts and my own platitudes ... trying to make her feel better. That's the counsel of man!!! The counsel of man doesn't go very far. It is not eternal like God's Word is.

One of my pastors once said, "Let Scripture bear the weight of your counsel." Isn't that great counsel????? !!!!! Scripture is our BEST counsel and Jesus is our only hope! Why would I ever substitute my opinions and thoughts for the truth of God's Word? It's pure folly!

So... to wrap up this topic.... when troubled we should seek the assurance of God's Word and when we are the friend that is confided in, we should direct our friend to the cross and to God's Word.

Pretty simple... and we know God's Word is THE best help there is.

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

So, that's what I'm thinking about today. What say you?

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