Being Direct

I know many people think Biblical Counseling means to simply give someone a Bible verse and a smile, and send them on their way.  That is not true Biblical Counseling; true Biblical counseling is putting the rivet in between Biblical truth and our everyday lives.  I’ve compiled some great quotes from David Powlison’s Seeing With New Eyes that share the beautiful work of counseling from a Biblical perspective:

“The truth is always for the speaker as much as for us who hear.”

“Direct address is riveting.  In your counseling, speak the truth the way Paul does.  The Scriptures evidence a buoyant confidence about truth, because the writers model buoyant faith in the Lord of truth.  When I was a new Christian, friends gave me Philippians 1:6 as an encouragement to my assurance of faith: ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.’  But it was only ten years later that I saw that this passage is also about the confidence of the speaker who says it to others: ‘For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.’  I can rest in the steadfast love of the Lord for you…and can say so.”

“Why use indirect speech when direct speech makes both faith and love so much more lively?  And why point to the truth with a layer of Bible citations in between, when you can say the truth?  Most often, follow Paul’s example, and put the citations in the parentheses or end notes of the conversation, jotted down for later reference and reflection.  The ministry the Bible models spends little time giving the references, and much time kneading the truth into lives.  God comes at people directly and wants you to do the same.”

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