SOURCE: Leslie Vernick
They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds.
As biblical counselors, sometimes it’s hard to discern if someone is truly repentant.
Tears are often the language of the heart, but when one is crying in the counseling office, it’s important to hear what the person’s heart is really saying. The apostle Paul speaks of two kinds of sorrow, worldly sorrow that leads to death and godly sorrow that brings repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). As Christian counselors, it is crucial that we learn to distinguish between the two especially when we are doing couples work.
Worldly sorrow is a self-focused sorrow. It may contain great emotion, tears, and apologies, but the grief expressed is for one’s self. The person mourns the consequences of his or her sin and what she has lost. This may be a marriage, a…
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