Most involved in discipleship in the local church for any length of time will encounter mental illness among those seeking to grow in Christ. Sometimes leaders recognize mental illness. Sometimes they don’t. But if you do recognize it when you face it, here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you seek to help one who struggles to see how the gospel meets them in the confusing battles they face.
1. Jesus defeated Satan on the cross, and one day, we will see all that has been broken healed for eternity. Have hope for this image bearer of God. No matter how deep their struggles and how often they reoccur, one day they will ultimately be freed from the weight of the struggle. They need your encouragement to persevere when the struggle is at its worst as you also remind them of the hope they have that it will not always be so. Continue reading →