As the Thanksgiving season approaches, the Psalmist reminds us, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For his mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1) Thankfully, forever is a very long time, so we can still be the recipients of such a magnificent gift from God. Continuing to read through this psalm, we are reminded that the Israelites traversing in Egypt in approximately 1440 B.C. did not remember the multitude of God’s mercies. (Verse 7b) Despite this, Psalm 106:45 declares that for Israel’s sake, God remembered His covenant with them, and relented according to the multitude of His mercies. In this week’s prophetic blog post, let’s take a look at both the give and receive aspects of mercy.
Today, November 8, 2021, marks the 30th anniversary of our daughter’s tragic automobile accident in which she miraculously survived. For our family, this is a “Red Letter Day” as we remember the multitude of God’s mercies which He poured out on us through a turbulent journey until Christi’s health was restored. I kept a prophetic journal of this epoch battle to record how God helped us and brought her back from the brink of death. Later, I authored a book titled Stirrings of The Spirit wherein I recount the multitude of God’s mercies and His miraculous intervention time after time.
The Hebrew word for mercy is hesed which is Strong’s H2617. It means goodness, kindness, lovingkindness, and faithfulness.
I’ve heard mercy defined as God’s grace, i.e., unmerited favor, bestowed upon us.
Serving God With The Spiritual Gift of Mercy
At Romans 12:3-8, the Apostle Paul teaches us about God-given abilities that are to be used to edify and encourage fellow believers in Christ.
In this passage of scripture, there are seven gifts listed:
Compassionate (Merciful) Person
It’s interesting that Romans 12:8 states, “he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
There was so many medical personnel who assisted with Christi’s recovery for which we will be forever thankful. Some of the nurses exuded mercy like nothing I’ve ever witnessed. I concluded afterward that perhaps people given the mercy gifting gravitate to the nursing field. People especially need a lot of mercy when they are injured and hurting. Their family members do likewise.
Everything that needed to be done for us, from the date of Christi’s accident until she walked out of the hospital 63 days later, was taken care of by our family, church family, friends, and neighbors. Some of you reading this week’s prophetic blog post are included in the above-listed people for which we are eternally grateful.
Beyond Lip Service
There’s an even greater gauntlet thrown down in the New Testament regarding the subject of mercy.
In the second chapter of James, the Apostle James is warning the church at Jerusalem against personal favoritism, especially as it relates to different treatments for the rich versus the poor. James 2:13 cautions, “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
The Greek word for mercy in verse 13 is eleos which is Strong’s 1656, and it means “mercy: kindness or goodwill towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them.”
The obvious challenge and instruction are that it’s hardly sufficient to just express merciful sentiments when someone is experiencing tragedy or hardship. There must be a plan to help in any tangible way possible which stems from a genuine, heartfelt desire that will put actions and steps to merciful words.
WDJD – What Does Jesus Desire?
Jesus, The Savior of the world Who gave His life for all mankind, strongly rebuked the Pharisees who had challenged His disciples on a particular occasion.
For a bit of history, I love that Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector who was considered a traitor by the Jews, as one of His twelve disciples. Tax collectors were typically despised because some of them collected more taxes than necessary, which overflow found its way into the collectors’ collective pockets, highly enriching themselves.
After Jesus had called Matthew to be one of his disciples, he sat down with his fellow tax collectors, sinners, Jesus, and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they lit into the disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
“When Jesus heard that, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:11-13)
When He said, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice,” Jesus was quoting the Old Testament prophet, Hosea, in this verse. (Hosea 6:6)
The irony here is that Jesus refers to the Pharisees as righteous; however, that is only how they perceived themselves. God had previously judged their sacrifices without mercy as entirely worthless. God is far more interested in a person’s actions toward the hurting and those in need than external rituals and lip service.
In December 2020, I authored a blog post titled, “The Frozen Footprint.” I challenged my reading audience at the time, “Are you willing to sacrifice the comforts of warmth (people were outside in the frigid cold searching with lanterns in the prophetic vision), your time and plans to help someone enter the kingdom of heaven before it’s too late?” This would literally be putting footsteps of action to merciful words!
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living
#1. Do you know what your spiritual giftings are? If not, here’s a book that I highly recommend titled Discover Your God-Given Gifts by Don and Katie Fortune. As you work your way through the book, there are self-administered tests and compilation profile sheets to help you discover or affirm your gifts.
#2. Has there been a time in your life when others have exercised their mercy and put actions to their words? If so, how did this minister to you?
#3. Would you like to be a more merciful person? A topical, Biblical study on the subject of mercy is so beneficial as this allows us to view mercy through God’s eyes.
#4. During Thanksgiving, make a list of the things for which you are thankful to God. Verbally recount the multitudes of God’s mercies in your life and that of your family.
#5. Are there times when you have shown mercy to someone else? How did that make you feel?
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
#6. For you personally, do you find it easy to both give and receive mercy?
#7. Veteran’s Day is November 11th. If you know a Veteran, express your thanks for his or her service to our great country!
The holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas lend themselves to golden opportunities to exercise mercy and to show that mercy triumphs over judgment.
I’m confident that if your heart is already bathed in God’s mercy, He’ll dish up some spectacular divine appointments just for you!
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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