Purpose of the gift of mercy: The Holy Spirit gives the motivational gift of mercy to love and assist those who are suffering, to walk with them until their burden is lifted. This gift is founded in God’s mercy towards us when we miss his highest plan for our lives, when suffering may be a consequence of our actions. It is consistently expressed with calculated compassion. The purpose is to identify with and comfort those who are in distress.
Mercy is one of the most misunderstood gifts. The Greek word for the spiritual gift of mercy is Eleeo. It means to be patient and compassionate toward those who are suffering or afflicted. Those with this gift are described as great empathizers for others in their trials and sufferings. They walk with people over extended periods of time and support them through their healing process.
These individuals are truly and literally the hands and feet of God to the afflicted. Those with this gift “weep with those who weep”, Romans 12:15, and “bear one another’s burdens”, Galatians 6:2. They are sensitive to the feelings and circumstances of others and can quickly discern when someone is not doing well. They are often described as good listeners and feel the need to simply be there for others.
As mercy children mature you may notice they have an ability to sense joy or distress and are attracted to people in trouble; often called bleeding hearts. They have a desire to remove hurt to bring healing, are highly sensitive to inconsiderate words and actions and are often closed to insincere and insensitive people. For those who are experiencing mental, emotional, and physical pain, God sends someone with the gift of mercy to support them. They might be described as thin-skinned or weak because of their inability to stand up for themselves, often avoiding firmness until it is evident that it will bring healing. They are described as sympathetic and emotional, mirroring and meeting the same needs in others.
Character Traits of the Child with a Gift of Mercy
Ah, the healing gift of mercy! These children are very tender and generally have a sweet and quiet nature. They can sense when someone is hurting even if they are wearing a smile on their face. These are your nurses, counselors, doctors, and the like.
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