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Theb mostb importantb elementb forb discerningb theb timeb tob confrontb someoneb inb counselingb
isb throughb prayer.b Myb roleb isb tob beb obedientb tob theb Lordb inb counselingb Hisb children.b
Prayerb enablesb meb tob discernb nextb stepsb whileb inb theb counselingb chair.b Ib prayb before,b
during,b andb afterb counseling.b Ib alsob lookb throughb clients'b notesb andb pastb sessionsb priorb tob
theb currentb sessionb inb orderb tob refreshb myb mind.b Theb Lordb guidesb meb whenb Ib amb
counselingb asb Ib trulyb cannotb dob thisb withoutb Him.b Ib humblyb admitb thatb Ib dob notb knowb
whatb isb bestb forb Hisb creationb sittingb inb frontb ofb me,b butb Heb does.b Ib knowb veryb simplyb thatb
Ib amb tob dob whatb Solomonb wroteb inb Proverbsb 3:5-6:b “Trustb inb theb Lordb withb allb yourb heartb
andb leanb notb onb yourb ownb understanding;
b
inb allb yourb waysb submitb tob him,b andb heb willb
makeb yourb pathsb straight”b (Newb Internationalb Version,b 1973/1984).
Certainly,b clientsb needb tob knowb thatb Ib careb forb themb priorb tob theb confrontation;b otherwise,b
asb Paulb statedb inb 1b Corinthiansb 13:1b,b wordsb withoutb loveb areb likeb ab resoundingb gongb orb
ab clangingb symbol”b (Newb Internationalb Version,b 1973/1984).b Thus,b ab prerequisiteb forb
confrontingb someone’sb sinb isb ab trustingb therapeuticb relationshipb (“Counselingb Methods,”b
2021).b Finally,b asb sharedb inb ab recentb lecture,b “Theb goodb newsb isb thatb Godb isb theb oneb whob
isb ultimatelyb responsibilityb tob workb throughb theb relationshipb withb clientsb tob bringb themb tob
theb pointb ofb confessingb theirb sinsb andb reconcilingb themselvesb tob Godb andb othersb andb
ultimatelyb tob themselves”b (“Counselingb Methods,”b 2021).
Asb Entwistleb (2015)b mentionedb throughb theb wordsb ofb theb authorb Phillipb Yancey:b “Onlyb oneb
thingb hauntsb meb moreb thanb theb sinsb ofb myb past:b Whatb sinsb amb Ib blindb tob today?”b (p.b 95).b
Inb Christianb counseling,b whichb Ib believeb isb theb settingb forb theb deepestb levelb ofb
discipleship,b theseb blindb sinsb canb beb unearthed.b Web trulyb needb eachb otherb becauseb Godb
canb useb others,b theb Bible,b andb theb Holyb Spiritb tob revealb sinsb tob Hisb peopleb inb orderb forb
themb tob confessb andb haveb renewedb fellowshipb withb theb Lordb andb others.
Inb termsb ofb whatb approachesb Ib useb readilyb tob confrontb sinb whileb beingb ab counselorb forb
myb churchb isb prayer.b Asb theb recentb lectureb clarified,b prayerb isb anb excellentb methodb forb
engagingb inb theb spiritualb battleb onb behalfb ofb clientsb (“Counselingb Methods,”b 2021).b Thisb
approachb alsob helpsb meb tob stayb closelyb connectedb tob theb Lordb inb theb session,b sob Ib
submitb tob Hisb leadershipb andb wisdomb forb theb client.b Ib alsob utilizeb questioningb asb itb doesb
notb matterb whatb Ib believeb aboutb theb situation,b butb Ib needb tob accessb theb clients’b beliefsb
aboutb theb matterb (McMinn,b 1996,b p.b 139).b Fromb there,b theb sessionb couldb moveb tob
“acherit”b tob helpb theb clientb understandb theb logicalb endb ofb theirb thinkingb (“Counselingb
Methods,”b 2021).b Then,b theb conversationb mayb moveb intob directb censureb asb Ib haveb
discoveredb theb clients’b beliefs,b andb ifb theyb areb inb contrastb tob theb Bible,b thenb Ib canb bringb
upb whatb theb Bibleb saysb aboutb thatb areab (McMinn,b 1996).b Again,b thisb isb notb myb dictates,b
butb theb directivesb ofb theb Bible.b Furthermore,b allb clientsb thatb comeb tob meb areb eitherb
membersb orb attendersb ofb myb church,b sob duringb theb informedb consent,b Ib makeb itb clearb
thatb whatb Ib provideb isb biblicalb counseling.b Whenb Ib sayb biblicalb counseling,b Ib dob notb meanb
thatb Ib dob notb utilizeb psychologyb inb myb counseling,b butb theb primacyb orb foundationb isb theb
Bible.b Psychologyb hasb methodsb thatb areb empiricalb andb provenb tob work,b sob Ib
enthusiasticallyb employb thoseb asb well.b Theb modelb ofb integrationb ofb psychologyb andb
theologyb Ib employb isb Entwistle’sb (2015)b Alliesb model.
Ib dob notb readilyb utilizeb silenceb tob confrontb sinb asb Ib dob notb haveb ab pokerb faceb (McMinn,b
1996).b Ib findb itb veryb difficultb tob showcaseb ab neutralb face.b Further,b Ib mayb offerb anb
empathicb listeningb cueb withoutb knowingb it,b likeb noddingb myb head,b andb theb clientb couldb
interpretb thisb asb approvalb (McMinn,b 1996).b Ponderingb isb notb ab skillb thatb Ib haveb developedb
yet,b butb Ib believeb thisb wouldb beb helpfulb forb meb tob utilizeb tob bringb aboutb ab greaterb
revelationb orb understandingb ofb theb clients’b thoughtb processes,b values,b andb beliefsb
(McMinn,b 1996).b Finally,b nob confrontationb isb certainlyb anb optionb forb meb tob utilize,b andb Ib dob
employb thisb method,b ifb Ib senseb Godb isb directingb meb tob confrontb theb sinb atb anotherb timeb
(McMinn,b 1996).b Again,b theb peopleb Ib counselb areb Hisb creationsb andb children,b sob Ib submitb
tob theb Lordb thatb Heb knowsb bestb whatb Hisb childrenb needb inb eachb session.
References
Counselingb methodsb relatedb tob confrontationb andb confessionb [Kalturab slides].b (2021,b April).b
Libertyb University.b https://canvas.liberty.edu/courses/117651/pages/watch-counseling-
methods-related-to-confrontation-and-confession?module_item_id=13237403
Entwistle,b D.b N.b (2015).b Integrativeb approachesb tob psychologyb andb Christianity:b Anb
introductionb tob worldviewb issues,b philosophicalb foundations,b andb modelsb ofb integrationb (3rdb
ed.).b Wipfb &b Stockb Publishers.
Theb Holyb Bible,b Newb Internationalb Version:b Containingb theb Oldb Testamentb andb theb Newb
Testament.b (1984/1973).b Internationalb Bibleb Society.
McMinn,b M.b R.b (1996).b Psychology,b theology,b andb spiritualityb inb Christianb counseling.b
Tyndaleb Houseb Publishers
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