Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Grace and Mercy, Borderline and Boundaries

When Grace & Reality Collide: Dealing with Mental Illness
by Eva Marie Everson at crosswalk.com
Part I>>>
Part II>>>
Working with someone with mental illness is not an easy endeavor, and when we really care about them very much, the correct balance of mercy and instruction/counsel can be challenging. Wisdom and discernment can be a struggle. I found this article to be quite helpful and thought I'd share the link.

If you don't have the time to read the article, don't miss this concluding quote:
"It is difficult—very difficult—to extend proper grace and mercy to those who cannot mentally appreciate it and—in the end and most often—throw it back in your face. But as Romans 12:18 tells us: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

"If it is possible. Sometimes it’s not. These are the times I hold on to another passage of Scripture, which says: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. In these times I stand firm within my boundary lines. I say, “I love you” while at the same time adding, “but I will not allow you to abuse that love.”

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