Exalting Christ and Loving People


The gift of mercy is the ability to feel genuine concern and compassion for individuals, both Christian and non-Christian, who are suffering from distressing physical, mental, or emotional problems, and to provide support to them in a way that reflects Christ’s love and alleviates their suffering.

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ ” (Luke 10:33–35).

See also Matthew 9:35–36.