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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Counsel: Principles from Proverbs. Is the counsel you receive, whether it is business or personal, in line with Biblical Business Principles?

This week we will finish our focus on counsel by looking at Giving Counsel. We often think of counsel from a receiving viewpoint. The other side of the counsel coin is when you’re asked for counsel by others. Do people seek you out for your counsel? Is giving counsel part of your job?

Counsel can be in the form of mentoring, where you help someone go down a path you have already gone down. It can also be formal counseling, where you help someone think through the past to improve the future. Counsel can also be coaching, where you help someone think through issues, set goals, and develop plans to accomplish them. It can also be fellowship, where you just get together and talk. (Fellowship: two people in the same boat – pun intended!)

Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s royal command found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” James 2:8 NLT Which is truly helping your neighbor? Doing something for them they can and should do for themselves; or counseling them to enable them to succeed? Which takes more time? Which is easier?

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. James 3:17 NLT As we counsel others, we need to be sure our counsel is grounded in God’s Word. Is your counsel pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere?

Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:13-17 NLT How does this passage apply when you’re giving counsel to others?

Want to be more effective in giving counsel? Prayerfully consider taking the CBMC Leadership Coach Training the next time it is offered. It will improve your counsel skills. Graduates say it is life changing – I agree!

Bit of Wisdom
If you need wisdom — if you want to know what God wants you to do — ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6 NLT

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