A good biblical counselor always brings people back to.......
What? The Bible?
Yes, but try and go deeper.
Look at this picture and tell me what the subject is:
What? You don't see it?
It sounds weird, but maybe, sometimes, oftentimes, we take God out of the Bible.
How can you do that?
Well, how often do we open God's Word and neglect to seek out the wisdom that only comes from Him via the Holy Spirit? We have the author of the Bible living in us, and yet when we read, we do not pray as we ought. It becomes merely checking the chore off the list, and we leave no wiser then when we began.
Then, for those of us that have opened the Bible for the purpose of instructing others (which, by the way, should be all Christians) We give commands, and verses that are meant to convict and instruct, but in all honesty, we might as well be opening a law book for all we do. Say, for example, you are discussing an issue of lying. You open up to Exodus 20, read commandment 9, pray an I'm sorry prayer, and move on with life, changing nothing.
It is God who is working in us to draw us closer to Himself, we come under conviction, and somehow manage to forget Him when we are actually looking at what His word says!
A good Biblical counselor should bring people back to the Character of God.
So how is that different from bringing people back to the Bible?
Well, it gives us a reason why we should change. Our goal in life is to be Christlike:
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
So if we are gazing upon the character of God, our own evil tendencies are brought to light and we understand Who it is we are trying to exemplify and how to do it based on the Word of God.
Referring back to the example of the picture. When I take the subject out, it makes no sense. Without God, our life, even when we read the Bible, makes no sense. It's just rules.
Oh, and because I love this picture so much, I'll show you what it looks like.
Because of Him,