How does it relate to Christian counseling?
The concept of Salvation must be full-heartedly embraced by Christians and even more so by Christian counselors. It is important for Christian counselors to understand “true salvation” in order to be able to help their counselees understand and embrace it themselves. Understanding “true salvation” entails knowing that though one falls short of God’s grace, there is nothing that one can do to obtain favor in the sight of God, nor is there anything one can do to lose favor in the sight of God. In turn, this will help counselors not to place unrealistic expectations on their counselees, as if their actions can keep them from the love and grace of God.
Although this is true, Christian counselors should also understand that this does not mean that their counselees can therefore act as they please, since God’s love and grace is unconditional; but rather that in acceptance of His undeserving love and grace, we as Christians are to demonstrate our faith in Him by living in victory over Sin not in bondage to Sin. Christian counselors are to revive the hope in their counselees that they too can have victory over Sin.
“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; (7) for he who has died is freed from sin. (8) Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, (9) knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. (10) For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” (NASB)Nothing can substitute the cost for Salvation; nothing can be added and nothing can be taken away. The death of Christ alone is sufficient. Our acts of faith merely demonstrate our belief in Jesus’ victory over Sin.