The gift of mercy is the ability to instinctively and compassionately respond to the suffering of others with practical deeds that embody Christ's love.
Widow of Zarephath, Jesus, Dorcas
People with this gift can
- Express love, grace and dignity to those facing hardship or crisis.
- Cheerfully serve in difficult or uncomfortable circumstances.
- Welcome the opportunity to work directly to relieve the pain, hunger, loneliness, and suffering of others.
- Focus on immediate, practical needs.
- May see only the wrong in the world.
- May become overwhelmed by the pain of the world.
- May rush in and not see underlying issues.
- May not recognize the suffering which is the pain of new birth.
- May not be able to set personal boundaries.
- May burn-out.
- May see others as cold-hearted and not caring enough.
Tips for nurturing this gift
- Be realistic of your time and energy. Learn to say, “No.” Don’t rush in.
- Choose your areas of involvement and stay focussed in order to fulfill your commitments.
- Increase your ability to hear and see what the needs really are.
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