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The Gift of Mercy (13 of 18)
The Holy Spirit and His Gifts
Dr. Stan Coffey
Let's look at what Paul says again about spiritual gifts as far as the motivational gifts are concerned. Verse 6 "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith: Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness." That's what we want to look at tonight - he that showeth mercy with cheerfulness. It may be tonight that you have the supernatural endowment of motivation and ability for effective Christian service in the area of showing mercy. Mercy is a very wonderful gift and if that's your gift let me tell you it's a precious gift and a desperately needed gift in the body of Christ tonight. If that's your gift I just want to say God bless you and may God use you because it's a very, very wonderful gift in the life of a believer.
Let me just say by way of introduction that we need to make a distinction between the grace of mercy and the gift of mercy - just as we made a distinction last Sunday night between the grace of giving and the gift of giving. You may not have the gift of mercy, but all of us are to have the grace of mercy. Some people would say, "Well, since I don't have the supernatural gift of mercy then I don't have to show mercy." No, friend, the Bible says "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." And so every person who has received the mercy of God, who has received the love of God, the grace of God, is to be one who shows the mercy of God. But God has supernaturally endowed and gifted some of his children, some of his members in the body to show mercy in a supernatural way.
I want us to think about three simple things about the gift of mercy tonight if you want to jot these down. First of all there's the definition of mercy. Then we'll look at the demand for the gift of mercy and finally the deployment for the gift of mercy. First of all notice the definition for the gift of mercy. First we'll think about what the gift of mercy is not so that we'll not be confused. The gift of mercy is not just sentiment. There's a lot of sentiment today but this is not really the supernatural gift of mercy. For example, the Red Cross comes by and we want to give to the Red Cross. That doesn't mean we have the gift of mercy. It goes beyond a surface kind of sentiment.
Turn to James chapter 2 just for a moment and look at verse 15. Let me show you the difference between pity and performance. Just because you have pity on someone does not mean you perform the gift of mercy for them. Many, many times a need is presented to us and we feel sorry for somebody. We feel pity in our heart, but our performance really doesn't follow thr ...
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