The overview of this redemptive gift continues in Mercy & The Principle of Fulfillment – Describing the Gift.
“To release the holiness of God
into their environment.
To come into the presence of God and worship God in all of life.”
Describing the Gift
The redemptive gift of Mercy feels life and does not just do life. Let’s consider what that means, how it looks, and to and with whom.
The Principle of Fulfillment – What
What: Mercy has a language of its own that flows from its design chiefly to be, not to do. This is not about being a workaholic versus being lazy. It has everything to do with how Mercy presences their surroundings. The Mercy thinks, processes, and feels differently than others – core to their God-given design and purpose. The redemptive impact of that realization can be a catalyst for Mercy to grow and develop, whether others understand or accept them. Yet it is Mercy matured that draws others to what was once so misunderstood.
Mercy moves at a slower speed, and that for a God-purposed reason: to extract the deepest amount of insight, understanding, and wisdom from all they see. Mercy is specially gifted to see God’s fingerprints in a fuller, more complex way than the other redemptive gifts. Recall that Mercy as the seventh pillar of the human spirit stands in the place of culmination: with Wisdom, moving toward fulfillment; in woundedness, courting futility. In between, an array of potential redemptive expression to be explored, discovered, embraced, and released into the world.
Worship is essential for the Mercy. God was flawless with Mercy’s design, for this portion absorbs pain and tension around them and can become burden-bearers for others. Holy Spirit knows that worshiping God cleanses the defiling effects. His holiness refreshes Mercy in receiving and then releasing to the rest of the body. True Worshiper Mercy needs to worship and be cleansed like they need air to breathe.
The Mercy’s birthright is God’s purifying gift to the community of the human spirit, to the bride of Christ, and when released into the environment around them. It is Mercy’s gift of presence, not always with words, that portrays their being. Presence has a language of its own. Mercy does in worship and intimate communion with God; others benefit when Mercy emerges perfumed in the fragrance of Christ.
In a turbulent world where people are either dying or being rescued,
we are the sweet smell of the Anointed to God our Father.
II Corinthians 2:15 (The Voice)
How others perceive the Mercy who carries the aroma of Christ, be it with favor or ridicule, pales in significance as the Mercy pursues living to please God, not man.
The Principle of Fulfillment – How
Inherent in Mercy’s design is to give expression to what they feel – be it pain or worship. It frequently finds its release through artistic expression. Worship as singing, to which the churched have grown accustomed, is but one facet of worship expressed. Mercy portions the world ‘round have expressed pain, worship, and celebration of God through countless creative outlets. Mercy’s principle of fulfillment will leave its mark on others through rich worship and celebration of God unique to each person.
*Mercy celebrates what is good, right, and true. Worship in spirit and truth brings clarity to the soul.
*In Redemption’s plan, the Mercy carries the highest authority for ministering to the wounded. As Mercy comes to know the heart of God, they speak the language of His love. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.1 The mercy seat of Christ is also the source of grace.
*A strength of the Mercy portion is being alert to and aware of the parts and the whole. They are sensitive to things being out of place and recognize alignment when all the pieces are in their right relationship. The Mercy develops understanding of what constitutes wholeness. It is the craving for wholeness both in their life and the lives of others that compels the Mercy to be in the presence of God.
*Once there, the Mercy heart finds rest through enjoying God and being in His presence. All the Mercy knows to be true is stabilized. Here they can savor the fullness and perfection of God, receive it deep into their spirit, and carry it forward to redeem and sanctify time in their own life and the lives of others.
*Mercy draws from each of the other six redemptive gifts; in turn, Mercy enhances all the other gifts. As Mercy is released, through intimacy with the Father, to freely flow, what they do and how they engage takes on a whole different flavor. Mercy can see, hear, and know the worst and yet remain life-giving.
*Mercy has a call of God upon them to erase the line between the secular and the sacred, but hindered if attempted in impurity or by enabling and compromise, some of Mercy’s major weaknesses. Redemptive outworking comes through bringing the fullness of God to all types of people and situations. It is what makes it difficult for Mercy’s human temperament, rewarding and life-giving for Mercy’s spirit.
to be continued …
Mercy & The Principle of Fulfillment – Describing the Gift continues with part two. Mercy is endowed with ability to change the spiritual climate around them through the blessing of presence, without action or words. Yet, like the other gifts, Mercy has its own battlefield: fulfillment versus futility. We will look at more in part two.
*A. Burk/C. Wales description of Mercy’s birthright 1 Psalms 85:10
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