• Nathan

Do You Have the Design of a Mercy?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

“I don’t know why, but I just have this feeling.”

“I’m in no rush, I could sit and talk for hours with you.”

“Don’t worry, it’s no problem. I’d hate to make you do that.”

Welcome to the mind of a mercy.

The mercy must deal in the area of fulfillment. True fulfillment comes from a spirit-to-spirit connection with God. The mercy gifting is designed to commune with God, encounter His holiness, and share that holiness with others.

A person with a mercy gifting is safe to be around. They may have many acquaintances, but they have 1 or 2 close friends. They need physical contact like hugs, and they also need time to process their emotions. Unlike a prophet or an exhorter, they make transitions slowly. They are predisposed to worship. They trust their gut and they hear from God, but they have difficulty explaining why they know something. This can cause them to feel like the odd man out compared to the other, more verbal expressive gifts.

A sign of a mature mercy is someone who fears God, not men. They know the heart of God. They observe and expect appropriate boundaries, and they have a pure presence.

The sign of a carnal or immature mercy is someone who flees pain and discipline from God. They are motivated by fear or insecurity, and they have a tendency to embrace dangerous people. They enable people, and their desire for relationships leads them to tolerate exploitation. Their desire for physical touch and intimacy can lead to impurity.

The lie that Satan wants them to believe is this: “I can earn the favor of God or men through self-sacrifice.”

The birthright for the mercy is to release the holiness of God by resting in His presence.


Some examples of the mercy gifting in the Bible include:

Ruth in Ruth 1:14-17

Notice Ruth’s default toward self-sacrifice, her passion, and the physical nature of her loyalty.

David in Acts 13:20-25

God called David, “A man after my own heart.” That is all that a mercy gifting could ever want- to be connected to God at the heart.


If you are a mercy here is a prayer tailored to your gifting:

God, I love You with all my heart. I can’t always say what I feel, or even know what I feel, but I want to be with You.

I repent for letting fear control my actions and decisions. I repent for thinking that I could give enough or sacrifice enough to earn love. I already have Your love.



This teaching on the redemptive gifts is in no way my own. I rely heavily on the extensive work of Arthur Burk.

If you would like to dive deeper, this teaching series is a great place to start.

Do you think you have the design of a mercy? Leave a comment below.

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