This past Sunday we studied the gift of showing mercy. Romans 12:6-8 lists 7 different “gifts”, the last of which is “he who shows mercy”.
We are all to be merciful! But the Bible isolates that as a particular gift that some people possess more than others. It is certainly true that some are better at it than others.
We went around the room and gave examples of people in the Bible who are remembered for being merciful. Esau, Joseph, Naaman’s servant girl, the father of the prodigal son are all good examples. The good Samaritan is an example of someone showing mercy physically. Barnabas, the “son of encouragement” is an example of showing mercy both physically (Acts 4) and spiritually (Acts 9 and 15).
Paul said “he who shows mercy, (do it) with cheerfulness”.
QUESTION: Why do you think Paul reminded us to show mercy “with cheerfulness”?
Listen to THE GIFT OF SHOWING MERCY.