Do you have a mentor? Someone who cares for you enough to tell you the truth? Someone who helps you understand what Scripture really says, not what you may have been taught? Someone who can see the areas in your life that God is working on and help you become more like Christ? Someone who will advise you with what is right even though you won’t like what (s)he says? I do, and I thank God for this person. Prov. 27:9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
I have gone to my mentor with emotional problems, family difficulties, confessions of my sins, misunderstandings of and not understanding Scripture. Have I found that he has counseled me based entirely on what the Bible says. Not what some “expert” says the Bible says, but what it actually says. He has read, studied and prayed about what the Bible says. The entire Bible, both old and new testaments. Nothing is based on only one or two verses, but the entire Word of God. Psa. 37:30 The godly offer good counsel; they know what is right from wrong.
Have I always liked what my mentor has told me? No. Have I always wanted to accept what he had to say as the truth of how God wants me to be? No. Have I always left the room with the attitude of willingness to do what was advised? No. After thought and prayed about the difference in how I want to go ahead and what the advice is, have I found that he is usually correct? Yes. Bummer for my way of thinking. In the long run do I find this advice beneficial? Yes.
When I finally relinquish my pride and realize what God is telling and teaching me, through my mentor, I grow in Him and the blessings I have received are amazing. I have learned so very much. My character has developed. I am able to pass on what I have learned to others.
I am truly blessed to have a mentor who is so very knowledgeable of the Bible, cares about me and wants me to grow and mature in Christ. He is willing to tell me the truth of what I need to hear whether I like it or not. He knows that it is better to tell me what is right than whitewash issues that I am struggling with in order to not hurt my feelings. Prov. 27:6 Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
Do you have a mentor? I hope you do. If not I hope you will find one who will help you grow in the characteristics that make you more like Christ.