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OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE AND MINISTRY–MEETING WORKBOOK APRIL 2016

 TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD | JOB 33-37

A True Friend Gives Upbuilding Counsel

A True Friend Gives Upbuilding Counsel
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When Elihu entered the conversation, his counsel was completely different from that of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, both in content and in the way he dealt with Job. He proved himself to be a true friend and an effective counselor, worthy of imitation.

QUALITIES OF AN EFFECTIVE COUNSELOR

ELIHU SET A GOOD EXAMPLE

32:4-7, 11, 12; 33:1

 

  • PATIENT

  • ATTENTIVE

  • RESPECTFUL

 
  • Elihu waited patiently for the older men to finish speaking before he spoke

  • By listening attentively, he had a better understanding of the issues at hand before giving counsel

  • He used Job’s name and spoke to him as a friend

 

33:6, 7, 32

 

  • HUMBLE

  • APPROACHABLE

  • EMPATHETIC

 
  • Elihu was humble and kind, admitting his own imperfection

  • He was empathetic to Job’s suffering

 

33:24, 25; 35:2, 5

 

  • BALANCED

  • KIND

  • GOD-ORIENTED

 
  • Elihu kindly showed Job that his viewpoint was unbalanced

  • Elihu helped Job to see that his own righteousness was not the most important thing

  • Elihu’s sound counsel prepared the way for Job to receive additional instruction from Jehovah himself