Choosing a Christian spiritual mentor is a tough undertaking. There are several scriptures throughout the bible places emphasis on the value of having a Christian spiritual mentor.
The Book of Proverbs chapter 27 v 17 states Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Along the same lines, Proverbs chp 15 v 22 states without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
When choosing a Christian spiritual mentor, the following are 7 important factors that you and I must consider:
Fear of the Lord
An ideal christian mentor should fear the Lord. This means that the individual acknowledges God as Lord over all and everything. This individual does his/ her best to please the Lord in their daily walk.
The Books of Psalm, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs in the bible states that fearing the Lord is the starting point of wisdom. Psalm chapter 111 verses 10 states the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Likewise, the book of Proverbs states:
Chapter 1 vs 7: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Chapter 9 vs 10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy understanding.
Chapter 14 vs 26: In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Ecclesiastes also supports the importance of fearing God:
Chapter 5 vs.7: For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
Therefore, if you are seeking a Christian mentor, fear of God should be at the top of your requirements.
After studying that individual does he/she demonstrate wisdom? Do you see wisdom in how they manage their daily life?
According to the Book of Proverbs, a wise person is someone who has understanding and is discrete. Proverbs Chapter 2 vs 10-11 states when wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.
Along the same lines, Ecclesiastes states:
Chapter 7 vs.19: Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
Chapter 9 vs.18: Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
Therefore, try to assess whether that individual exercises wisdom in their daily life.
Your Christian spiritual mentor should be someone that you can share your joys, sorrows, fears and shortcomings in safe environment.
For the mentor mentee relationship to be beneficial, the mentee must feel safe to share. No mentee wants their thoughts and insights to be exposed outside of this relationship.
The Book of Proverbs provides several verses on the need to control the tongue.
Chapter 17 vs 28: Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Chapter 21 vs 23: Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepth his soul from troubles.
Chapter 29 vs 21: A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Therefore, confidentiality is an important factor to consider when choosing a christian spiritual mentor.
The bible provides several personality traits that Christians should strive to attain. These include controlling one’s temper, visionary, planner, meekness and hardworking
The following are some verses that highlight these traits:
From the Book of Proverbs:
Chapter 16 vs 32: He that is slow is anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Chapter 22 vs 24-25: Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare of thy soul.
Chapter 29 vs 18: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Chapter 30 vs 25: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.
From the Book of Ecclesiastes:
Chapter 9 vs.10: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest.
From the Book of Psalm:
Psalm 22 v 9
The meek will he guide in judgement: and the meek will he teach his way.
Not Given to Much Wine
One who is given to too much wine could be impaired and at times may not make the wisest decision.
An ideal Christian spiritual mentor is one who wise, knowledgeable and of great understanding who can make great decision in almost every circumstance.
Proverbs chapter 20 verse 1 states Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Someone who is drinks frequently could be under its influence which may or may not impair the decision making process.
Consistent Walk with God
An effective mentor is someone who has maintained a consistent walk with God. That individual must lead by example. He/ she must have an active prayer life and spends time reading and applying the word of God.
If your mentor is not practicing good Christian values, how can he/she inspire you to grow in your own walk with God?
Communication is a key factor to consider in choosing a Christian spiritual mentor. This individual must be able to clearly articulate his thoughts and insights so as to elevate your spiritual walk with God.
On the other hand, the individual must be an active listener to help you in areas where you may even fail to communicate clearly.
Choosing a Christian spiritual mentor should not be a decision that is taken lightly.
Spend time praying and seeking God’s direction in finding the right person who can guide your walk with him.
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