The Characteristics Of Jesus Christ And The Counseling World

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The world is full of counselors, therapists, psychologist, and many more mental help specialists but what can be difficult is attempting to discover what makes a counselor great. It can be agreed upon that some of the characteristics that make up a great counselor include, but are not limited to: empathy, compassion, being nonjudgmental, trust, confidentiality, and commitment. These are all traits of Jesus Christ who is referred to as the Great Counselor. It has taken the mental health industry decades to even begin to reach the place Jesus reached in His three years of ministry. By comparing Jesus and the counseling world one can see why Jesus is referred to as the Great Counselor and where the counseling world does well in helping individuals but still falls short. Throughout the Bible we hear Jesus refered to as the Great Counselor, that He is the Messiah, the Great Healer. The Bible does not merely claim this but later shows the statements to be true during Jesus’ ministry. While Jesus was alive on this earth He was criticized for who He chose to spend time with tax collectors and sinners, the rejects of the society and although Jesus was seen as above them He did not judge them. Instead He says to the Pharisees questioning Him in Mark 2:13-17, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (New International Version). This passage is clearly referring to salvation but it can also be taken
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