Christian Counsel

Today’s devotion was about Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, that He told her the truth about her spiritual and moral conditions and the Daily Bread quoted the verse, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend".  So I was thinking about which comments from my friends constitute the ‘truth’ which I should take seriously. What I felt is it is human nature to have a view about everything.  If someone says to you, “This is my honest opinion…”  So he’s just speaking out his mind, that’s all, and sometimes some people’s comments are just not helpful at all.  In Jesus’ case, He is the TRUTH himself and he knows everything, He is qualified to tell us.  When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, He spoke to her in private, with her welfare at heart (her salvation), and kindly/gently.  As for mere men, an ‘honest’ comment/view does not tantamount to the truth that needs to be told about a situation.  So when someone is seeking godly counsel, he/she should look out for a godly and trustworthy individual who walk the talk and not any Tom, Dick or Harry who loves to give his opinions.  Find someone who would be willing to listen and attend to you and who would give careful consideration to what you have to say first.  Find someone who measure his words.