Deb Toering is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. In addition to working with a wide range of client populations and presenting issues, Deb is also an engaging public speaker. She has spoken in front of various groups across a range of topics including marriage, bullying, ADHD/ADD, and teen leadership.
Sin. Not a popular topic to discuss at a dinner party or really anywhere else. Not so for the followers of Christ; it is something we should be considering on a daily basis.
Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
How is the discussion of sin relevant in Christian counseling? Our sin affects our mental and spiritual health. Unless it is confessed, our guilt and shame can cause a distance between us and God and others. Harsh words, self-centeredness and anger all take their toll on our relationships. Unconfessed sin causes us to lose our joy and peace. Guilt and shame can cause us to be anxious, angry or depressed. Considering our own sin is essential to our relationship with God and to each other. When we do not turn from it, it can destroy us and those around us. Many have suffered because of the sins of others.
We were designed to be in a right relationship with our Creator, and when we are, other relationships tend to go better; broken relationships can be healed.
The good news about this sin stuff is that when we admit it, He forgives it. Yes, this is certainly a topic that can come up in a Christian counseling session. Oh what joy when it is discovered, confessed and forgiven!