For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.– Isaiah 9:6
We've been discussing Jesus the Healer recently. An old friend of mine, Steve Saindon, has written on Jesus, the wonderful Counselor and has some words of wisdom for us to consider as we seek help in our recovery.
Many of us seek help through the use of a professional counselor.
Our "Wonderful Counselor" has blessed me greatly with a mostly healed up soul. It is taken many years, mostly because I was slow to learn and sometimes resistant. Sometimes his advice was very difficult to follow. By the way, his instructions do not formulate within our minds without the word of God. One of the most efficient ways not to heal up is to follow your feelings instead of the Bible.
Feelings are only helpful in the counseling realm if they are synchronized with the word of the "Wonderful Counselor." I have found three particular books in the Bible that have had a major impact within my inner-being.
One of the bigger purposes of the Song of Songs is that it reveals how God views his bride. The Song has taught me that my bridegroom is always crazy about me. He adores me even when I am messed up. In his relationship with me, he is there to heal me not condemn me. That is a big theme within the Song of Songs.
First Peter, which is all about how to righteously suffer through unfair treatment has taught me not to blame my sin on others or respond sinfully in the midst of bad treatment. And the book of Proverbs has helped me with the details of everyday life. It especially reveals how I should treat others in practical ways and help build a loving community.
Today, many counselors both secular and Christian are realizing you can't heal without a gracious community. The book of Proverbs is loaded with the kind of healing advice that most people go to counselors for. Although not the only part, but a large part of healing comes from learning to do the right thing. Proverbs is super pregnant with that kind of counsel.
My encouragement would be to become skilled at identifying this pretender because he is one of the most deceptive false Jesus' within our modern world. This is because so many are enamored with worldly wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:18-25). – Steve Saindon
South Tamil Nadu Churches comprising Nagercoil Tirunelveli Tuticorin Madurai Theni and Dindigul regularly organize leadership conferences once in 3 months in different locations for the young and married leaders, upcoming leaders and family Group leaders to be equipped in serving God and to keep the mission focused. This time Madurai Church hosted the conference titled “Equipped to Serve” in their newly built Church Hall on Monday of October 23rd 2023. Small group Leaders and upcoming trainees travelled from their cities to Madurai on their own expenses to empower themselves with the fellowship and learning from each other. The hall was filled with energetic youngsters and enthusiastic leaders. Very exciting to have Chennai leaders join us for the first time. They were a special treat to watch & listen to. The meeting started with the Choir team leading some inspirational worship songs to help us connect with God and glorify Him in the beginning followed by a fabulous spot dan
Sis.Mangayarkarasi. Reena’s mother was going through a difficult health condition with her terminal cancer. She had been admitted in the hospital often for her health issues. But after a long perseverance she understood its best & better to surrender to God and accepted Jesus as her Lord.. Long time prayer answered for Reena's family & Coimbatore church. People come to Jesus at the perfect time till that let us persevere without giving up. Sis.Kamala & her children Sis.Kamala from Tuticorin Church. God’s instant answer for her prayer for her dad to walk 3 days after his leg injured accident had inspired her to know Jesus more. She started trusting God and having faith in Christ. Sadly she lost her husband 3 months back which made her more lonely and along with losing her identity in the society as a widow. taking care of 2 children will be the huge task in front of her. She decided to believe God more and took a bold decision to step up for faith in Jesus Christ
SPIRITUAL RENOVATION Fresh thoughts about following Jesus You need to forgive and move on. Right? Or maybe it’s actually very wrong. Someone has said terrible things to you, accused you, treated you harshly, possibly spiritually abused you in a church setting and now you are being told to forgive your perpetrator, because, … you know, forgiveness is what Christians are supposed to do. This scenario has played out on more than one occasion . It’s common! So how to deal with it when it comes your way? The first thing to recognize is that this kind of language is very simply an extension of the original abuse. It is a simple bid to excise the perpetrator from any repentance or restorative action. It’s a lot easier to trundle out these seven words than to perform any serious introspection. Hey, if it works five times out of ten it’s worth it. If it works one time out of ten it’s still worth it. Avoiding accountability for actions has a big payoff. But, holy smokes… the carnage. The damage.