TheValue of Integrating Psychology and our Christian Faith in Counseling
Theworld faces many an adversity. The devil was cast upon the earth andhe “walks about, seeking whom he may devour” 1Peter 5:8. Thus,the human race is befallen with many challenges that afflict theirsouls and consume their being. However, the death of Christ on thecross to save humanity restores the fallen man, freeing them fromtheir guilt and affording them new life in Him. Therefore, thesinning man in acceptance of the grace of God finds peace in theblood that was shed on Calvary. Mainly, the whole event of salvationpresents a solution in counseling of suffering Christians. It offersa peace of mind to the disturbed soul and restores their confidencein the eternal providence of God unto His people. On the other hand,understanding psychology accomplishes the need to determine the causeof behavior, thoughts, and response to the various circumstances ofhuman existence. In essence, the integration of psychology andChristian faith in counseling is the preeminent shot at findingremedies in counseling sessions.
Hawkins(2015) asserts that most individuals, who seek counsel, are cumberedwith worry and anxiety, which is the cause of human affliction. Thesepeople share that they have lost grasp of their lives and that theypossess the dire need to re-invest a new energy into their lives.They underscore that they cannot make sense of the challenges (death,loss, disease, heat ache, etc.) they have endured. It is for thisreason that psychology and Christian faith combines to help put intoperspective the circumstances that arise in counseling sessions.
Itis important to understand that in both secular and Christiansettings, the clients seek solutions to similar causes. In the samemanner, Christ’s death is salvation to the believing person andequally loss to the sinful. And I would like to note that everyperson, righteous or wicked, is “tempted when he is enticed tosatisfy his lustful desires” James 1:14. I view that psychology iscritical in understanding the situation of a client. It illuminatesthe real issues affecting the client’s life and engages the clientin identifying what affects him personally. Psychology finds thecause but theology grants solutions to the problems. These studiesapplied in one accord offers the best approach in assisting clientsto actualize their issues and gain the peace of mind they need toconduct themselves without restraint. Hawkins (2015) assures thatChristian counselors are compassionate and pursue justice for theweak who cannot achieve it on their own. It is in the same vein thatthey display the undisputed commitment to their work to further theircourse of finding justice (Micah 6:8).
Thehurdle that is set by the devil to destroy humanity is removed by theinfinite grace of Jesus Christ. Even after His ascension into heaven,He sent the Holy Spirit to continue in His work, convicting andchanging believers to follow Christ. Hawkins (2015) observes thatthis is the same spirit who “moved upon the face of the deep”before creation. He is the same who brought order to the world thathad no form (Genesis 1:2). It is my belief that in the performance ofits role, it shall assert order into the life of the Christian whoexperiences chaos. It is significant to reason that we are partnerswith God in providing transformation to lives. When the Holy Spiritabides within us, we are as conduits. The Lord performs His workthrough us committing to His service. When we extend grace to therest of the world, it is certain that that is the Christ in us.
Conclusively,it is proper to affirm that in both settings (secular and Christian)the cause of affliction is the same. Therefore, the approachintegrating psychology and Christian faith presents the best mannerto bring hope to the suffering soul of humanity.
Hawkins,R., & Clinton, T. (2015). TheNew Christian Counselor: A Fresh Biblical and TransformationalApproach.Harvest House Publishers.