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Spiritual Gifts: Mercy
Transcript of Spiritual Gifts: Mercy
The unique and God-given ability to see the misery of another and seeking to minister to them practically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Does Mercy ignore sin and justice?
Is Mercy Enough?
Is Mercy Weak?
Do I Have the Gift of Mercy?
Do you easily sympathize with the hurts and sufferings of others and feel compelled to attempt to ease their pain?
Do you feel like the first thing that needs to happen when there is suffering is lots of affirmations of love or care and concern before anything else?
Do you assume if a person withdraws it is because there was a lack of love for them?
Do you feel overwhelmed at times by all the hurts and sufferings that you see around you?
Teachers: Filter the larger issues and Biblical perspective
Servants: Identify practical needs to be met
Giver: Help bring the necessary resources
Exhorter: Address areas of sin
Administrators: Organize the efforts
In the power of the Spirit, mercy is love motivated care that is driven for the suffering of others rather than personal gain.
Is your first instinct to run into the hurt before you consider if you or the right one or this is the best time or means to minister to the hurt?
Do you get frustrated by the seeming inability of others to be moved by compassion for the suffering?
Do you find speaking the truth necessary difficult out of a fear of increasing their hurt?
Mercy focuses on the plight of the person and not the reason for their suffering.
"Grace answers to the undeserving; mercy answers to the miserable.” – D.A. Carson
“35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
It is exampled in how God shows mercy to the condition of the lost
Emphasized in the Old Testament
“3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. 5 And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers.”
“4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Emphasized in the New Testament