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A Gift For Everyone

What is the Gift of Mercy?

Literal meaning  Literal meaning 
To have compassion; to show kindness; to feel sympathy of heart.

Description  Description 
The gift of mercy is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals, both Christian and non-Christian, who suffer distressing physical, mental or emotional problems, and to translate that compassion into cheerfully done deeds that reflect Christ’s love and alleviate the suffering.

Bible references  Bible references 
Theory Practice
Matthew 5:7 Matthew 25:35,36
Romans 12:8 Luke 10:30-37
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Acts 11:28-30

Distinctives  Distinctives 
People with this gift:
  • focus upon alleviating the sources of pain or discomfort in suffering people;

  • address the needs of the hurting, poor, or marginalized;

  • express love, grace, and dignity to those facing hardships or crisis;

  • serve in difficult or unsightly circumstances and do so cheerfully;

  • concern themselves with individuals or social issues in which people are treated unjustly.

Personal traits and behaviors  Personal traits and behaviors 
A person with this gift is usually:
Empathic Compassionate
Sensitive Tolerant
Caring Comforting
Responsive Kind

Cautions  Cautions 
People with this gift:
  • should beware of becoming an enabler to those who need to make some difficult changes in their life;

  • need to guard against feeling unappreciated, since some of the people helped will not show or express any appreciation;

  • can lose balance in their own life because of the burdens they are carrying for others.

Mobilizing for ministry  Mobilizing for ministry 
People with this gift are needed in the church for:
Deacon/deaconess Community services
Counselling Nursery attendant
Poverty ministry Meals on Wheels

Related gifts  Related gifts 
This gift belongs to the category ASSISTANCE. You may find useful to get information on other gifts which belong to this same category. These gifts are:
Helps Hospitality Service