Mercy / Compassion

The God-given ability to have immediate compassion for those who are suffering combined with great joy in meeting their needs (e.g. the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37).

CHARACTERISTICS OF MERCY / COMPASSION:

  • Loves to love

  • Searches out the good in people

  • Brings out the good in people

  • Recognizes the spiritual and emotional, spiritual, and physical well being of others

  • Considers others more important than self

  • Chooses words carefully

  • Recognizes the affect words can have

  • Detects insincerity

  • Loves to be thoughtful

  • Is trustworthy

  • Non-confrontational

  • Unusually cheerful

  • Thinks with the heart rather than the head

  • Rejoices andor grieves with others

CHALLENGES FOR MERCY / COMPASSION:

  • Overly sensitive

  • Caring may be misunderstood by the opposite sex

  • Easily takes up other problems that are not their own

  • Thinking with their heart leads to indecision

  • Can be easily hurt by others unintentionally

PLACES WHERE THIS GIFT CAN BE UTILIZED:

  • Small group leader

  • Homeless ministry

  • Counseling ministry

  • Hospitality of any sort

  • Visitation and follow-up

  • Prison ministry

  • Greeters

  • Any type of phone work

  • Children's ministry

MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH BODY WHERE THIS GIFT CAN BE UTILIZED:

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