Speak Truth in Love

Walk Alongside Those Who Struggle With Mental Illness


How do we best walk alongside those who are dealing with a mental illness? Luis Mendez reminds us that speaking truth in love is the perfect combination. On our own, this is an impossible task, yet God works His power through us as His instruments. As we seek the Lord’s help to cultivate relationships with those around us, we minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.




Ultimately, we are instruments of grace in the lives of those struggling with mental illness. God works powerfully through us as we speak truth in love and walk alongside our brothers and sisters.


Have you ever struggled to know how to help someone who is walking through a complex mental illness? If so, how did you respond in that situation? If not, what do you think you'd do?
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Luis calls helping someone with a mental illness an impossible task, as we ourselves are also broken. God is ultimately the main helper in this situation. How does God use us as instruments, despite our brokenness?
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One important thing Luis reminded us is that relationship precedes the opportunity to help. Why is it important to first develop a relationship with a person before attempting to offer counsel and help?
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Luis notes the difference between a relational culture and a task-oriented culture. In what ways are you task-oriented? How can you begin to prioritize relationships over your To-Do List?
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This week, who is one person with whom you can begin to cultivate a deeper relationship? Ask God to give you a heart for this person and the struggles through which they are currently walking.
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Ultimately, God is the healer and helper for broken people. Since we ourselves are broken, we cannot fix or help somebody walking through mental illness. Rather, God uses us as His instruments to walk alongside others, helping us to speak the truth in love and be powerful ministers of the gospel. 



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