October 11, 2012

Gift of Mercy

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 11, 2012

“If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:8

The gift of mercy is compelled to be compassionate. Its sensitive spirit hurts when others hurt and rejoices when others rejoice. Merciful followers of Jesus find great satisfaction in alleviating suffering and applying God’s grace to a wounded heart. Their tears of concern flow freely; they are pained to see others in pain. The merciful can be soft spoken and gentle in disposition. Behind the scenes they do quiet acts of kindness. They know how you are doing without asking.

We all need those gifted with mercy to give us comfort in our time of need. We need their unconditional love when we don’t feel loved. We need their affirmation when we don’t feel affirmed. Just like our sympathetic Savior brings empathy to our empty soul, so those gifted in mercy empathize with our emptiness. Therefore, be open to their suggestion to visit the doctor, attend church or join a small group. Mercy is concerned for the condition of our body and soul.

“Even though I [Paul] was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.” 1 Timothy 1:13

Furthermore, if you have the gift of mercy, guard against being oversensitive. Your desire for harmony—at any cost—may suffer significant losses from unhealthy compromise. Your interest in pleasing everyone may result in pleasing no one. Mercy by nature is easily taken advantage of, so be careful not to cave in to the loudest voice or the most persuasive persona. Seek solace in Jesus and find certainty in His commands. Use your gift of mercy as a conduit for Christ’s truth.

Ultimately the source of all mercy resides with the Merciful One, our Heavenly Father. His mercy rains down from above, as He reigns over all living creatures below. Because of His great mercy toward you, you can appropriate abundant mercy.  By God’s grace be quick to forgive and slow to anger. Look at those who are stuck in selfishness with sympathy. Indeed, pity people who are trapped in the pit of pride. Pursue the apathetic with authentic love—mercy initiates.

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the merciful, and grant me Your mercy to give away.

Related Readings: Psalm 6:2, 9; Isaiah 55:7; Matthew 23:23; Jude 1:2

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Comments

  1. AMen!! says:

    “Mercy by nature is easily taken advantage of, so be careful not to cave in to the loudest voice or the most persuasive persona.”

    Amen! I agree! I am learning what you have stated here. It’s soo true!

    I appreciate God’s mercy!

    However, it appears that I am trying to please everyone, but I am not. I know that satan’s emps are using people to do and say things to wreak havoc, confusion, destruction, and discord. Therefore, I choose to respond to all of differently.

  2. AMen!! says:

    “Their tears of concern flow freely; they are pained to see others in pain. The merciful can be soft spoken and gentle in disposition. Behind the scenes they do quiet acts of kindness. They know how you are doing without asking.”

    By faith! For this I am GREATFUL!!! And I pray that God will continue to bless them abundantly!!! I love them all!!!

  3. Bill says:

    Thank you for this wonderful assessment of the gift of mercy. As a pastor who has this gift I find it Botha blessing and at times a burden. A blessing in that it enables me to be sensitive and empathetic, but a burden because it results in being afraid to confront others for fear of offending. Jesus was certainly filled with the gift of mercy but He also knew how to overturn the money changers tables. Thanks again for this adept assessment of this particular gift.


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