Sadly some folks have a misguided notion of Biblical counseling as all truth, no grace, and . . . take two verses and call me in the morning! Not so.
These folks may believe biblical counselors simply identify sin, demand verse memorization and tell them to “Stop it!” Remember the Bob Newhart’s spoof? This graceless approach may create more pain and no healing.
A true Biblical counselor shows the same compassion that God in the Old Testament, Jesus in the Gospels, and Paul in his Epistles so carefully demonstrated. Theirs was a loving-kindness toward those who were hurting. The true Biblical counselor knows that compassion is more than a feeling of deep sympathy and heart-felt sorrow. It is that and more. Compassion is both a feeling and an appropriate action to meet the need motivated by that feeling.
A true biblical counselor follows God’s model as described in Psalm 103:13. God is seen as a father who shows compassion on His children. God not only “had” compassion on his children but He “showed” compassion to them.
Jesus also knew that the people around Him had pain of all sorts. They lived in an oppressive culture and carried deep emotional and spiritual needs. Some were economically bankrupt; others were physically sick. Yet when he saw them, His heart was moved with compassion for they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd (Mt 9: 36).
Along with His “heart of compassion” Jesus was “moved with compassion.” His compassion met people’s needs. In Matthew 9 alone He. . .
(1) physically and spiritually heals a paralyzed man,
(2) eats with spiritually needy tax collectors and sinners,
(3) heals a woman and restored a girl to life,
(4) gives sight to two blind men,
(5) casts the demons from a mute man,
(6) and heals many diseases and afflictions while proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom and meeting many spiritual needs.
The true Biblical counselor has learned from the Parable of the Good Samaritan whose “compassion” motivated him to be the rescuer and the restorer of the Jew who fell among thieves (Lk 10:33). Medical, emotional, material, physical, and financial needs were met in a remarkable way by the least expected person. He was a person who not only felt compassion but showed it by meeting needs.
Jesus concluded this parable by commanding all of us to “Go and do likewise.” Go and show compassion on the people who have needs.
This is the heartbeat of a true Biblical counselor.
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