What Is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical counseling is the sharing of information found in the Word of God with the goal of improving the life of another person. The Bible contains excellent material for counseling. Knowledge of scripture is essential for the person of God who wishes to help others achieve a better life. Biblical counseling is the application of the principles of relationships found in the Bible and is often given to other Christians experiencing difficult circumstance.
The Bible is a holy book that outlines the best course for all of life’s endeavors. The Apostle Peter said, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,” 2 Peter 1:3 (NKJV). God’s word gives us ALL things that we need to be healthy and productive in this world. Furthermore, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly,” John 10:10 (NKJV). Jesus came not only to give spiritual life but to also provide through His word a better quality of life. In Galatians 6:2 the Bible says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Minirth and Meir in their book Happiness Is a Choice state in the introduction to chapter 12 that there are “three basic needs of all human beings: (1) self worth; (2) intimacy with others; (3) intimacy with God.” In the same chapter they further explore the mental health benefits of following Biblical guidelines, which provides excellent material for Christian counseling.
There are many times in the life of a Christian when he or she will have the opportunity to minister to others through counseling. Often this includes counseling those who are experiencing a profound change or trouble in life. Perhaps there is no other time in life when change is ever more present than the...