What do your call your counseling ministry? Why?
The Bible simply never pits truth against love. The Bible never lays them out on a gradation or ranking. The Bible presents equal couplets: truth/love, Scripture/soul, Bible/relationship, truth/grace, holiness/love.
According to Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2, God calls us to share His Word with the love of a brother (1:4; 2:1-2, 9), a mother (2:7-8), a father (2:10-12), a child (2:17-18), and a mentor (2:19-20).
Does the Bible teach that in biblical counseling relationships are tertiary?
A truly biblical model of counseling ethics would suggest an intense level of soul-to-soul connection, including incarnational ministry, personal vulnerability, and “counselor self-disclosure.
You will be empathetic with others to the degree that you are facing your struggles face-to-face with God.