The Gift of Mercy
"He that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness" (Romans 12:8)
The gift of showing mercy is the Spirit-guided ability to give practical, compassionate, cheerful love toward suffering, fellow believers.
To emotionally, mentally, or physically relate to those needing that kind of help.
The one with the gift concentrates on giving empathy and comfort during times of distress.
"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." (Galations 6:2)
I. Those with the gift will feel pity.
A. Not just the stirring of the emotions
B. More than a feeling of pity, the gift
2. James shows works as the action arm of
3. Onesiphorus, literally "help-bringer," (mercy-doer) sought out Paul when in Rome. (2 Timothy 1:16-17)
Note: Paul seems to imply that Christians of Rome feared persecution or shame of association with him in prison. He, with so many friends, only had one coming to show him mercy.
C. Cheerfulness Required "mercy, with
cheerfulness." (Romans 12:8)
II. Mercy, a strengthening factor to many
A. Though mercy must be extended to unbelievers, it's purpose is the edification of God's people, "do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." (Galations 6:10)
Note: Though the gift of helps releases Christian workers for ministry in the Word and pErnester, mercy is directed to the believer in distress, the outcast, poor, underprivileged, ill, handicapped, retarded, shut-in, hungry.
B. Church ministry grows through the gift of mercy to minorities.
Note: Many inner-city ministries are an outreach of someone exercising the gift of mercy. Mercy deeds do not have to be known for their magnitude, "Whosoever shall give you a cup of water in my name..shall not lose his reward." (Mark 9:41)
C. Deeds of mercy may be the strongest
witness to the outside world. (Matthew 5:16) "Let your
light so shine before men..."
Note: Local rehabilitation centers, employers of handicap, and educable slow, and homes who care for handicap, etc. usually will encourage their people to attend a ministry especially tailored to them. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples..." (John 13:35)
2. The impacts of life that are lasting are found in personal relations. "Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." (I John 3:18)
III. Characteristics of the Gift of Mercy
A. Deep loyalty to friends
B. Empathize with hurting people.
C. Finds it hard to be firm, as thy do not want to offend other people.
D. Senses genuine love
E. Attract people in distress
F. Tries to remove the sources of hurt (I John 3:11-15)
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