This article digs into the theological foundations of counseling. How do we understand human complexity? The Bible gives three foundational categories that orient us as we engage a struggler. Mike Emlet’s “Loving Others as Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners” keeps us oriented to all three realities. Part 1 of his article lays out the biblical premises and discusses the first category. We are saints who need confirmation of our identity in Christ. Part 2 (in our next issue) will complete the picture.