Lessons From the Old Testament: Principles of Counseling From Job

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Recognize the value of silent sympathy. (Job 2:12,13; 13:5)

Like God, be able to show kindness even to those who are suffering for their own sins. (Job 6:14-23)

Beware of pious platitudes which ease your own fear but fail to have impact on the sufferer. (13:12; and see 4:7; 5:17; 11:6; 11:7-9, etc.)

Be ready to listen as though hearing for the first time and take what is said at face value. (12:1-3; 13:17)

  • You may never have faced this situation before (16:4)
  • You may not be experiencing the same level of discomfort (12:5)
  • God may be asking you to re-examine your own assumptions

 Don’t be surprised by dramatic mood swings.  (Job 3:3; 6:8-10, 11-13, 24-27; etc.)

Do not assume sin is the cause of the suffering. (Job 6:29)

Give to the sufferer the same freedom God gives them to express their disappoint with God. (Job 42:7)

Believe that God is willing and able to minister to the needs of every hurting person. (Job 38-42)

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