Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Seek Wise, Godly Counsel

As you try to decide what is right to do in your situation, we'd like to offer a set of guidelines to help you. The first suggestion is to seek wise, godly counsel.

"I feel very fortunate to have had godly counsel. I think it protected me because I was pretty much emotionally spent and didn't have anything to contribute," says Jerry.

Dr. Tim Clinton says, "Get in touch with your pastor, who knows God's Word and will share truths of Scripture. Reach out to a professional Christian counselor. He or she can offer great assistance to you through this time of trouble or sorrow in your life. Don't let it go too long because if it goes unchecked, you'll find yourself in a bad predicament. There is always hope."

The Bible says you can have hope and success as a result of seeking advice from wise counselors. A wise counselor could be a church leader or mature Christian friend or it could be a professional Christian counselor. All of these people can help point you in the right direction and bring you to a place of certainty and hope. By seeking wise counsel, you are (1) recognizing and admitting that you need help, (2) allowing yourself to express your emotions in a safe environment, (3) becoming accountable to another person, and (4) taking positive action that will help you grow and move forward in healing.

"Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished" (Proverbs 15:22 AMP).

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