The Gift of Mercy

Earlier this month I posted about Stephen Ministries. This would be a wonderful ministry for anyone with the gift of mercy. Wondering if you have this spiritual gift? Here is a complete description that may help you decide.

Literal Meaning: To have compassion

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.


  • Focus upon alleviating the sources of pain or discomfort in suffering people
  • Address the needs of the lonely and forgotten
  • Extend love, grace, and dignity to those facing hardships and crisis
  • Serve in difficult or unsightly circumstances and do so cheerfully
  • Concern themselves with individual or social issues that oppress people
 Empathetic Need to be aware that rescuing people from their
 Caring pain may be hindering God’s work in them
 Responsive Need to guard against feeling “unappreciated,” since
 Kind some of the people helped will not show or express
 Compassionate any appreciation
 Sensitive Should guard against becoming defensive and angry
 Burden-bearing about the sources of others’ pain

References: Acts 16:33-34; Matthew 5:7; Romans 12:8; Hebrews 4:16

For more posts about spiritual gifts see:

A Quote about a Favorite Topic — Spiritual Gifts

The Spiritual Gift of Teaching

Spiritual Gifts from the Holy Spirit

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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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