This is a brief continuation of my previous post entitled “Best Seat in the House”. I will include a few phrases from that post to catch you up:
As I am writing this I am hearing speak-back in my head from well-meaning Bible believing Christians I know personally who would say “But you don’t want a person to believe there is anything good in them, there is nothing good in us apart from Christ. You want them to see their need for Jesus and not feel good about themselves so they’ll see their own sin.”
This line of thinking translates to cruel and unloving attitudes that do not and have never represented the heart of Christ. Jesus made people feel valuable. He met them where they were and through love and compassion showed them the way to healing.
I would argue that a person who is accepted for who they are in relationship actually has a heightened willingness to consider their own faults and sin. Because then it is actually safe to do so! If a person doesn’t feel accepted by me, they will not let their guard down. If they don’t let their guard down, I am never going to see their true heart. If I don’t see their heart, I can’t help them get to the root of the issue! And isn’t that what Christian Counseling (and all therapy for that matter) is all about?