The Bible says to praise God for who He is, especially in prayer. Much of the Psalms are a good example of this. Many times I focus in praising Him in a few areas such as God’s love, and then spending the rest of my prayers asking Him for things. My thinking is affected when I realize that God is “personal”. He is taking care of my mind, my heart, my body and every other aspect of my life. I have a personal relationship with Him, and He answers my prayers. He affects my life being a living God, He is alive and I do not depend on anything outside him. My emotional state is affected because He loves me with an incommensurable love; by His grace I am saved and have eternal life. Love is such an important part of God’s character that the apostle John wrote, “God is love.” This means that God holds the wellbeing of others as His primary concern. His mercy and persistence shows me every day that He cares for all humans and His offering of salvation and grace to us is always there for us. 1 Corinthians 13 defines love, and to see love in action we need to study the life of Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross for the sins of others is the ultimate act of love. God’s love is not a love of emotion but of action. His love gives freely to the object of its affection, those who choose to follow His son Jesus.
I believe that His love, benevolence, grace, mercy and persistence could be used in counseling with Christians. Also, the Bible says that God is just, but it is His character that defines what being He just really is. He does not conform to some outside criteria. Being just brings moral equity to everyone. When there are evil acts, justice demands there be a penalty. Since God is perfect and has never done evil, no penalty would ever be necessary; however, because of His love, God paid the penalty for our evil deeds by going to the cross Himself. His justice needed to be satisfied, but He took care of it for all who will believe in Jesus.
I will bring those truths into counseling with a Christian client first of all by showing God’s mercy and love with my own behavior. Not only being professional but merciful and empathic with the client, letting him/her know that for God’s grace we can live a new life, that Jesus paid the price for our deeds on the cross, and he can erase anything from our life and make us white as snow. Also letting him/her know that God is always with us and we only need to let Him abide in us. He is alive and His love, grace and mercy endure forever.
Miriam Letty Cardozo MS., LMHC
Founder of Hope and Healing Counseling Center
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