Again, an excerpt from Women Helping Women:
“What is your goal as you speak with, counsel, or seek to comfort your sisters in the Lord? Do you have a goal? If you have no goal, you have probably found yourself mired in helping relationships that seem to be going nowhere. If you have wrong goals, such as merely alleviating the perception of pain or furnishing a shoulder to cry on, you may have found yourself fighting against God as He works in His children’s lives. I believe that the biblical counselor should have one overriding goal: to encourage and assist believers to grow in the likeness of Christ. This growth manifests itself in faithful living in our homes, workplaces, schools, churches, and in the world. This is accomplished through the application of the Word of God in very specific ways and by the work of the Holy Spirit as believers respond in faith.”
What a privilege to encourage believers to grow in the likeness of Christ. I am thankful for such a resource to help me understand heart issues and how to come alongside my sisters.