The gift of Mercy allows you to reach out to people who are in need. Your words of care and concern, your compassionate actions, will aid in building up others. The things you will do will allow those you serve to see the love of Christ in you and through you.

Scriptural References: Romans 12:8, Acts 9:36, Luke 10:33-35

People with this gift:

  • focus upon alleviating the sources of pain or discomfort in suffering people.
  • address the needs of the hurting, poor, or marginalized.
  • express love, grace, and dignity to those facing hardships or crisis.
  • serve in difficult or unsightly circumstances and do so cheerfully.
  • concern themselves with individuals or social issues in which people are treated unjustly.

A person with this gift is usually:

  • Empathic
  • Compassionate
  • Caring
  • Comforting
  • Sensitive
  • Tolerant
  • Responsive
  • Kind

Examples of Ministry Opportunities:

Fair Trade Center, Reformation partnership, Visitation Ministry, Eyeglass Ministry, Prayer Ministry,  Prayer Shawl Ministry, Lutheran World Relief, Gathering Meal, Tosa Cares, Serenity Inns, Habitat for Humanity, transportation assistance, meals for families in need

This gift belongs to the category ASSISTANCE. You may find it useful to get information on other gifts in this category: Helps, Hospitality, Prayer, Serving.

Cautions for people with this gift: feeling “unappreciated” when the people they have helped don’t show appreciation in expected ways; becoming defensive and angry about the sources of others’ pain.