by Eva Marie Everson at crosswalk.com
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.”