In this article, Paul Tripp argues that the purpose of biblical counseling is to change us from being fools to being wise. Tripp presents 6 key principles regarding wisdom: (1) Sin reduces us to fools who” saw against the grain” of the universe by acting independent and self-sufficient; (2) Our foolishness, by its very nature, is idolatrous, substituting something and anything for God; (3) We need to be rescued from foolishness; that rescue operation is what the Bible is about from front to back; (4) Counseling must address our heart idolatries, which deceive us because they seem so plausible and they happen amidst our professed Christianity; (5) At the heart of this rescue is not a system of redemption but a living, active Redeemer: a person, Jesus; and (6) We find wisdom as we submit to and trust Him. “The wise person rests in Christ’s control, relies on His grace, and lives for His glory.
Making Sense of Self-Pity
What is self-pity, and how should we view it? How can we turn our self-pity into godly lament that engages […]