Spiritual Gifts

Mercy

Matt. 20:29-34 • Matt. 25:34-40 • Mark 9:41 • Luke 10:33-5 • Acts 11:28-30 • Acts 16:33-4 • Rom. 12:8

 

Definition

A Holy Spirit-empowered ability to see when others are hurting physically, emotionally, or spiritually and provide effective comfort.

 

Common Characteristics

  1. A tendency to draw and be drawn to people in mental or emotional distress
  2. A sensitivity to the emotional atmosphere in a group or surrounding an individual
  3. A greater concern for mental than physical distress
  4. A desire to remove hurts and bring healing to others
  5. A tendency to avoid decisions or “firmness” unless it can be seen to protect from greater hurt
  6. A sensitivity to how words or actions will affect other people
  7. An ability to sense sincere motives or genuine love in others
  8. A need for deep and mutually committed friendships 
  9. An ability to empathize deeply, to feel what others feel

 

Ways to Grow in Christ’s Likeness

  1. Allow logic and reason to provide an appropriate check on emotions
  2. Recognize that love can be firm and must be in order to help certain individuals
  3. Be patient with those who aren’t as natural attuned to the needs of others as you are
  4. Set proper boundaries and take care that concern/understanding for those in distress are not misinterpreted by members of the opposite sex
  5. Invest in healthy friendships that are mutual but not possessive
  6. Check the tendency to be overly sensitive to isolated words or actions
  7. Show support without taking up offenses for others who’ve been hurt
  8. Take initiative showing love to those who are insincere and avoid cutting them off

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