Great Scriptures to Use in Counseling

My son’s church is involved in Reformer’s Unanimous. One Tuesday morning while waiting for ladies to gather for prayer, I read a poster of  the Reformer’s ten principles. As I read those principles, I realized that the Scriptures are very familiar and  can help me in my own life and those I might have opportunity to counsel.

1.       If God’s against it, so are we.  Galatians 5:19-24

2.       Every sin has its origin in the heart.  Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 4:23, Romans 13:14

3.       It is easier to keep the heart clean than after it has been defiled.  Proverbs 22:3 & 6:27-28

4.       It is not possible to fight a fleshly appetite by indulging in it.  Ecclesiastes 5:10, James 1:14-15

5.       Small compromises lead to great disasters (or little sins lead to big sins).  Luke 16:10, Matthew 6:24, Romans 6:16

6.       Those who do not love the Lord will not help us serve the Lord.  John 5:18-20, Proverbs 25:15

7.       Our sinful habits do hurt those who are following us.  Romans 14:7, I Corinthians 10:23-24

8.       It is not possible to fight a fleshly temptation with fleshly weapons.  II Corinthians 10:3-5, I John 4:4

9.       We lose our freedom of choice after we have chosen our actions.  The consequences of our choices are inevitable, incalculable and up to God.  Proverbs 5:22-23, 20:17, 9:17-18

10.     God balances guilt with blame.  When we accept the blame for our actions, God, by our repentance and confession, will eliminate the guilt.  I John 1:9