How often does someone ask you for advice?
The definition of advice: An opinion about what could or should be done about a situation or problem; counsel. What this definition fails to point out is where those opinions originate or how they were developed.
The definition of counsel: advice given especially as a result of consultation. What this definition fails to point out is what should be the object of that consultation. Advice can only be as good as the object of what is being consulted.
Feelings, past experiences and opinions are very unreliable sources and I am sure everyone reading this has fallen into the trap of giving advice on these unreliable sources, but you must consider this:
Proverbs 19:20-21 (NET Bible)
Listen to advice and receive discipline,
that you may become wise by the end of your life.
There are many plans in a person’s mind,
but it is the counsel of the Lord which will stand.
Proverbs 28:26 (ESV)
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
The only perfectly unfailing source of consultation is God, through His inspired Word. Perfect advice and counsel come from the Lord.
This is serious business ladies. Nothing to be taken lightly. Words make a difference. One day you will be held accountable for every idle word.
Matthew 12:36 (KJV)
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Here’s some really good advice: Stop TRYING to help. Stop TRYING to give advice. Stop TRYING to do it your way and start TRAINING God’s way. Make your words count for the Kingdom of God. Prayerfully consider attending our Tuesday night 4-session bible study on Basic Counseling, based on biblical principles. We begin Tuesday January 16th at 7 pm and will meet at 100 Whitner Street in the Chiquola building.