To grow in effectiveness as biblical counselors, we need to cultivate humility. There are at least 5 reasons why cultivating humility will make us a better counselor.
Compassion is one of my favorite words. The etymology of the word points to the basic meaning of “suffering together.” In Ephesians 4:32 the word that is sometimes translated “compassionate” can also be translated “tender-hearted.” We are called to have soft, tender hearts towards those we counsel. We are to enter into the suffering of the people we are seeking to minister to. We are to weep with those who are weeping (Rom. 12:15). But how do we do this with someone whose situation or struggle is completely foreign to us? My encouragement today: use your imagination. Continue reading
As biblical counselors we must never allow compassion feelings to lead us to compromise truth or biblical morality! Too often the body of Christ fractures along the same lines as society (e.g. political, cultural, and racial). Healthy conversations are rare, even among Christians. Gospel-centered compassion must create cultures where edifying conversations lead to unified action for the evangelization of our communities. Continue reading
A white Crossroads Bible College alumnus started a conversation on Facebook seeking to understand the racial divide. After a few days he decided to close the conversation. Some, many of whom were Christians, could not engage in an edifying conversation.
We are living in a very divisive time. It is a time when Christian compassion, especially within the body of Christ, must provide the needed environment to soften and unite hearts! Continue reading
During my law enforcement career, my comrades and I were repeatedly instructed to use caution when responding to an emergency call because, as the saying went, you were no good to anyone and a drain on available resources if you were involved in a vehicle crash on the way.
In a similar fashion, biblical counselors, like first responders and other crisis care agents, are susceptible to a phenomenon known as compassion fatigue. Continue reading