18 Jan Day 14: Mercy
The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness (Romans 12:8).
In the verses before, it says that each member of the body has different gifts according to the grace given to us. God in His wisdom and in Hiss mercy created us with different abilities. All of these different gifts are reflections of God and His power. By knowing our gifts and pressing into them, we begin to know more of God’s character. Taking it one step further, not just knowing, but acting on our gifts. Leading – with zeal, doing acts of mercy – with cheerfulness. It is often in the action that we encounter God. Acts of mercy teach us about God and His character. The cheerfulness involved in doing acts of mercy teach us about God’s compassion and generosity. How freeing it is to know that our acts of mercy can reflects God’s tender mercies! Two quick thoughts:
- Every person has been given a gift that is meant to be used. Engaging with our gifts will teach us about God’s character.
- Our gifts are meant to be engaged with – acted upon. We are all invited into action. Into full participation. If we are going to give – then have it be generously, if we are leading, then full force with zeal, when we do acts of mercy – with cheerfulness and eagerness. Living out God’s gifts is not a burden but an act of freedom. Though we may feel that we lack in any one of these areas, we grow these muscles through exercise. We may feel far from giving mercy, but as we act in mercy, we grow in mercy.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what your gifts are. Sit with the Lord; ask to hear what He has to say about your creation and His character lived out through you.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to give your eyes to see when you can act with your gifting. There are acts of mercy that you can engage in every single day.