The Function Of
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God has a plan and purpose for
each of us. This is a clear Biblical truth. Therefore, the function of
counseling should be to cause the counselee to know God's plan and
purpose, and to help them receive it, submit to it, and walk in it. For
it is obedience to the will of God that results in the full
manifestation of His saving grace.
When scripture asks, "Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became
His counselor?" (Romans 11:34 NASV), it reminds us that God's plans will supersede all of
mans' plans. Again it says, "The Lord nullifies the counsel of the
nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples . The counsel of the Lord
stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation"
(Psalm 33:10-11 NASV).
Given that God holds in His heart desires, plans, and purposes for His
people, the purpose for counseling is to see God's will comes forth in
their lives. Counseling that elevates the will of the counselor and his
particular counseling philosophy and psychology falls short. So too does
counseling that elevates the will of the client. Any kind of counseling
that does not seek the will of God as revealed in Scripture falls short
of the mark set by the Word of God.
Thus a counselor's job is to discern and minister to the client what
God's will is for them. The counselor's prayer must be that God would
fill him "with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and
understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to
please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and
increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:9-10 NASV).
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