What’s the non secular present of mercy? – Bible Type

What’s the non secular present of mercy?

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The spiritual gift of mercy is not just a spiritual gift for a select few, as some may think. Indeed, the spiritual gift of mercy is much deeper and more extensive than a point on a list of spiritual gifts.

Mercy as listed

Mercy is one of seven spiritual gifts listed in the Book of Romans. The list is as follows:

We have different gifts depending on the grace given to each of us. If your gift prophesies, then prophesy according to your belief; if it serves, then serve; if it teaches, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if there is, then give generously; if it should lead, do it diligently; If you want it to show mercy, do it cheerfully (Romans 12: 6-8).

This list of gifts is identified as a motivational gift. These and all spiritual gifts are better known as gifts of the Spirit. This is because the spirit of grace is the origin and we are the privileged vessel.

What is mercy?

The dictionary.com defines it like this:

1. Compassionate or kind forbearance towards a perpetrator, enemy or any other person in his power; Compassion, pity or benevolence.

2. The tendency to be compassionate or forgiving.

3. A judge's discretion to pardon someone or mitigate the punishment, especially to send him to prison instead of imposing the death penalty.

4. An act of kindness, compassion or favor.

The Bible defines it similarly, but uses seven different words to convey the depth of its meaning.

Mercy is a big deal

During the earthly work of Jesus, he repeatedly modeled mercy. He healed on the Sabbath, ate with sinners, and forgave the woman who had been caught in adultery and who was thrown before him by the religious leaders.

Jesus was amazed again and again at the lack of mercy of the religious leaders. In Matthew 23:23 he gives them this rebuke.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you count mint and dill and cumin and you have neglected the more important matters of the law: justice and mercy and fidelity. You should have done that without neglecting the others. "

After complaining about Jesus' interaction with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus adds this to his correction.

Then he added: “Now go and learn the meaning of this scripture: 'I want you to show mercy and not make sacrifices. & # 39; Because I came not to call those who believe they are just, but those who know that they are sinners. ”(Matthew 9:13, NLT).

At the beginning of Jesus' ministry is his infamous Sermon on the Mount, which begins with the Beatitudes. Mercy is one of the eight. "The merciful are blessed because they will receive mercy" (Matthew 5: 7).

As he continues his sermon, we find our great need for this mercy. Jesus teaches us that anger is like murder, loving our enemies, turning our other cheeks, not judging, and more. One verse says, "So be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).

Humans are far from perfect for making mercy a big deal.

Mercy in the Old Testament

Many people look at God in the Old Testament and only see judgment. That is far from the truth. Mercy is at the core of who God is because God is love.

King David was very aware of God's mercy.

Remember, O LORD, your tender mercy and kindness; because they have always been old (Psalm 25: 6).

Jesus spoke to the religious leaders from the Book of Hosea.

Because I want mercy, no sacrifice and no recognition of God, instead of burnt offerings (Hosea 6: 6).

The prophet Micah summarizes what God wants and tells us to love mercy.

He told you oh man what is good. and what does the Lord ask of you to do righteousness and to love mercy and to live humbly with your God?

We are also reminded that God's mercy is always available.

The Lord's steadfast love never ceases; his mercy never ceases; they are new every morning; Your loyalty is great (Lamentations 3: 22-23).

Mercy is not a New Testament idea.

God's gift of mercy

The spiritual gift of mercy is something that God gives us and that we should give to others. In the Sermon on the Mount in which he tells us that we should be perfect, Luke writes something differently: "Be merciful, just like your father is merciful."

The Bible tells us that God is compassionate. This word rich means abundant and abundant!

But God, who was merciful because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we died in our debt, has brought us to life with Christ – by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2: 4-5)

He saved us not because of works that we did in righteousness, but after His own mercy by washing the renewal and renewal of the Holy Spirit, which He poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Redeemer (Titus 3: 5 ) -6).

The richness of God's mercy is really a spiritual gift that brings us salvation.

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Danielle Bernock is an international, award-winning author, speaker and coach who helps people take on their value and heal their souls through the power of God's love. She has written Emerging With Wings, A Bird Named Payn (now available in audio), Love & # 39; s Manifesto and Because You Are Important. Danielle is a long-time follower of Christ and lives with her husband in Michigan near their grown children and grandchildren. For more information or to connect with Danielle https://www.daniellebernock.com/

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