Motivation of Mercy

Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

There are different parts of the body of Christ as we have spent the last several blogs exploring the different gift motivations. The gift of Mercy is often the most required gift so there are many in the Body of Christ who have this gifting. They are attracted to people who need mercy: people who may be grieving the loss of a spouse or who are in need of encouragement because of sorrow or pain or illness.

Mercies will feel deep empathy and weep with the weeping or laugh with the rejoicing. Mercies will have just the right words to speak or be able to sympathize and listen. God uses them to bring healing in the Body of Christ. Example, if I am banging a nail with a hammer and I hit my thumb, my body immediately replies. I will most likely say “OW” and my arm will bring my thumb up into my mouth and I will suck it to help relieve pain. The body responds by giving all the assistance it can to the part in need.

Mercies are often so moved with the compassion of Christ for a person, they will “feel” what the person is feeling.  This is not for its own sake; although it shows sympathy and caring, it doesn’t heal anyone. a true mercy will take it beyond the feeling (I am not saying it is of no value – it is – it brings comfort – just not healing) and give a word of scripture inspired by God. The person will be able to pray with you the scripture in faith believing and interceding for you.

The scripture encourages Mercies to show mercy with cheerfulness – that is that they should see things with Divine perspective – in light of eternity – not simply showing compassion but showing compassion with faith and the word of God that is able to bring healing to that member of the body of Christ. Example, if I cut my finger, I must wash it but I should also apply a medicine – antibiotic to it – and put a bandage on it. It isn’t ok to leave the wound not cared for. A mercy motivated by the Holy Spirit will show compassion but also be praying the Word of God over you and with you so there may be healing. May God use you to encourage and show mercy towards someone this week. It could be a words you speak to someone or a prayer you pray for someone. Ask God to use you and He will.

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