THE MINISTRY OF MERCY

BIBLE READING: ROMANS 12:8b; GALATIANS 2:10; GALATIANS 6:9

“Let him who stole steal no longer but rather let him labour, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.” Ephesians 4:28 (NKJV).

One of the most important ministries to emerge from the Church is the Ministry of Mercy. Also known as the Ministry of Compassion, this is the arm of the Body of Christ which reaches out to the poor, underprivileged and outcasts in society. Christians with this kind of burden for the oppressed and vulnerable in society hate seeing people who appear neglected by society and have a special grace to reach them on behalf of God Who is “Father of the fatherless, a Defender of widows…” (Ps. 68:5a).

Those involved in the Mercy Ministry have an inbuilt compassion for certain people whom society labels as deplorables. Their ministry cuts across a vast area of people groups including the following:

*The poor or impoverished
*The homeless
*The widows
*The orphans
*The physically handicapped
*The street urchins
*The destitutes
*The prostitutes
*The senior citizens
*The mentally unstable etc.

One Scriptural example of a minister of compassion was a lady named Dorcas or Tabitha, whom Peter raised from the dead by the Power of God (see Acts 9:36-43). Such ministers have an unusual disposition towards benevolence which acts as a major Gospel Bridge, giestablishmentving rise to the of Non-governmental Organizations(NGOs). The Church today needs more of such, bearing in mind the Words of Jesus: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Matt.5:16).

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, thank You for the Ministry of Mercy. O Lord, please cause more of such ministers to emerge as agents of change in this season in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

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