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Recently, I have had several women come to me for help because they were struggling in their marriages. One woman was shocked when one day, out of the blue, her husband asked for a divorce and promptly moved out. She said she had no idea that her husband was so unhappy, and she was absolutely crushed. Another woman and her husband had had problems for years and she feared the worst—that they were headed for divorce. Her husband refused to come for counseling, so she came by herself to seek help on how to save the marriage. How do we help these ladies who are going through such devastating trials?
Women experiencing failing marriages need compassion, hope, and the truth of God’s Word. As we come alongside to help them navigate these rough waters, we must assure them that God is all-knowing, He cares, and has a purpose. Often, women want to fix the problems they are facing immediately, or they may want someone to listen and sympathize with them. As biblical counselors, we want to listen well, but we’re not going to stop there. We want to help our counselees choose to glorify God in their situation and to help them think biblically about what they are going through. Their marriages didn’t fall apart overnight, nor will they be restored overnight (if at all).
Building a Foundation
Many times, women who come for counseling don’t have the solid spiritual foundation they need to go through these hard circumstances. They may not have considered that the Scriptures tell us that we will suffer for Jesus’ sake and share in the fellowship of His sufferings (Phil. 1:29; 3:10). We want to help them understand that they can rejoice in the hope of the glory of God as they grow in the wisdom...
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Measuring his life out one teaspoon at a time.