Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. – Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. – Proverbs 11:14 (KJV)
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. – Romans 14:1 (NIV)
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. – Romans 15:1 (NIV)
People are in need. People need comfort. People need counsel. People stand in desperate need of shared words of both comfort and counsel.
A family finds itself victims of random burglary and ends up behind in bills and other matters. The wife attends church, but the husband doesn’t come any longer. They are split on approaching the church for help.
What do you think that they are in need of from other believers? Counsel? Comforting words?
A parent discovers that her only child has shown signs of mental illness. She is a woman of faith and a prayer warrior. However, she seems to be at the end of her rope with the school administration pressuring her to have her daughter tested and the other parent both absent and not involved at all.
What is this woman in need of from her brothers and sisters in Christ? Counsel? Comfort?
We can go about things the wrong way. We can make assumptions due to unmet expectations and all sorts of other junk that we put into things. We need to be able to offer counsel to one another. We need to be able to offer words of comfort to one another, too.
Let’s be honest and just keep it real. We need to meet people at that point of their need. If they are weak, let us build them up. If they are out of line, let us bring them back into line. Let us do it in such a way that they are better off rather than beaten down. Give them words of comfort. Share words of wisdom. Offer wise counsel. Comfort those whose hearts are weighed down with worries and weariness.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35 (NIV)