The Bible tell us that iron sharpens iron and a three fold cord cannot be broken. There is strength in numbers and there is edification in seeking the advice and counsel of others. It’s why we encourage groups. Two people hear the same story and see the same events and usually walk away with very different opinions. Someone else’s eyes on your situation may bring to the surface some very real and honest evaluations that you may not have noticed.
Here is where the danger is in counsel and why most people avoid it. You’ve got to find the right counsel. You’ve got to find the people who are willing to tell you the hard truth. You need people who are smart enough to give good advice. Take for example, if you need help managing your budget, you definitely don’t want to go to someone who is in terrible debt to ask financial advice, that would be stupid. If you want marriage advice, don’t ask the person whose marriage sucks. If someone’s life is a mess they might not be the best person to get advice from. That’s part of the reason we say weekly, “we take the Bible seriously and ourselves lightly.” We know we all have issues, but the best counsel comes from scripture and those who are trying to live in it.