Sometimes we think that because the world uses a word like “empathy,” therefore, we can’t use that word in biblical counseling. However, many biblical passages urge rich soul empathizing.
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Could my counselee/parishioner/spiritual friend say this of me? “I experience you as a defending brother, cherishing mother, shepherding father, longing child, and proud mentor.”
Far too much ministry training is just a brain dump. We act as if equipping for Christlike ministry involves opening the cranium and pouring in info.
How do we confront in wisdom and love? What does it look like in real life?
Perhaps one of the most difficulty aspects of any relationship and of biblical counseling is loving and wise confrontation. Unloving confrontation—that’s not too hard. Non-confrontation—that’s not too hard. But loving, wise confrontation—that’s hard.