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Lovingkindness – Hebrew: Chesed

‘Compassion’ is found 61 times in the Hebrew Scriptures and ‘mercy’ is found 52 times. ‘Compassion’ means ‘concern’ for the sufferings and struggles of others.’ ‘Mercy’ means ‘to forgive’ when it’s in your power to harm.’


Chesed in Hebrew means ‘loving-kindness, mercy and compassion.

“For Adonai will have compassion on Ya‘akov — he will once again choose Isra’el and resettle them in their own land, where foreigners will join them, attaching themselves to the house of Ya‘akov” (Isaiah 14:1).

“I will betroth you to me forever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, in justice, in grace and in compassion” (Hosea 2:21).

“Has God forgotten to be compassionate? Has he in anger withheld his mercy?” (Selah)” (Psalm 77:10).

“Here, your servant has already found favor in your sight, and you have shown me even greater mercy by saving my life. But I can’t escape to the hills, because I’m afraid the disaster will overtake me, and I will die” (Genesis 19:19).

Hebrew Word Pictures

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ס Samech – A Prop means ‘support.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for chesed: protect and support the pathway.

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Mercy – Gift of Mercy

The motivation to identify with and comfort those who are in distress.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).

Mercy is God’s attitude toward those who are in darkness.



1. Mercy is a highly intuitive ‘feeling’ motivation.  It could be called a ‘gift of heart.’

2. It is a shepherd’s characteristic, like Yeshua, the Good Shepherd, who left the 99 sheep to find the missing one in distress.

3. Has the ability to empathize with people who are in distress or joyful.

4. Brings healing and reconciliation by removing hurts and conflicts.

5. Emphasizing compassion and forgiveness, the merciful person avoids firmness and strong statements of Truth so as not to add insult to injury.

6. Ability to communicate God’s unconditional love for mankind through one’s eyes, speech, smile and touch.


Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 12:15, 1 Corinthians 12:26

This gift should characterize all believers because mercy is the essence of Messiah’s nature and ministry.


Temptations to Avoid

1. Resenting those who are not as sensitive to the feelings of others.

2. Failing to be firm when necessary.  Love also speaks Truth and sometimes that truth hurts.

3. Being guided by emotions rather than the wisdom of God’s Word and the discernment of the Holy Spirit.


Problems and Misunderstandings

1. The avoidance of firmness may appear as weakness and indecisiveness.

2. The sensitivity to words and actions which have caused hurts in a person’s life can be viewed as an endorsement of the hurting person’s interpretation of such words and actions.


Scriptural Examples

1. Yeshua, ‘the unspeakable gift of mercy”, He can feel for all of us because He walked where we walk: “For we have not a high priest whoch cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like we are yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15, He totally identified with us by taking our sins, our sicknesses, our griefs and sorrows to the cross to die in order to provide the ultimate cure, He sent another ‘Comforter’ – the Holy Spirit – to live in our hearts and minister His healing, His peace and comfort all the days of our lives.

2. Paul, the Apostle endeaveored to be all things to all men that he might by all means save some, 1 Corinthians 9:19-22; wished that he could be cursed so that his brothers in the flesh might be saved, Romans 9:1-3

3. Dorcas, abounded with deeds of kindness and love, helped widows in need, made garments for the poor, Acts 9:36

4. The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:30


General Counsel and Application

There will be a desperate need for this gift in the endtimes.  Men’s hearts will fail them for fear of those things coming upon the earth.  Satan will endeavor to ‘wear out’ the saints.  The world will be filled with cruelty and violence.  Even natural pity will be gone (2 Timothy 3:3).  With the breakdown of the home, hurting children and parents will be everywhere.  The Body of Messiah, filled with mercy, will have her finest hour.

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Mercy Gift for Children

Mercy, as the tender ‘feeling gift’, shows up in loveable, cuddly children.  As babies, they smile easily and seem to have a soft, quiet disposition.  They have a tendency toward shyness, with a certain clinging tendency toward their parents in early childhood.  Loud noises and harsh word easily bring them to tears. 

The gentleness of these children tends to make them followers rather than leaders.  They often find it difficult to stand up for their own rights and will withdraw in a fight.  however, they can become crusaders, even fighters, when it involves the violated rights of others, for their motivation is to comfort and strengthen others, especially the underdog.  They seem to understand and can be drawn to the rejects of society.

They especially love pets and will bring home every wounded and stray dog in the neighborhood.  They also love the sick and the old.  They love people, but tend to have a few best friends.  Because they are ‘people centered’, they can enter into large groups, but they prefer to do it on their own terms. without social pressure.

The deep feelings of a mercy child may overwhelm him and create communication problems.  Notice that they are exhorted to show mercy with ‘cheerfulness’.  They can easily repress their feelings and then, under strain, break out in bitterness and hostility.  They seem to be especially sensitive to strain.  And if they are exposed to family conflicts, they may falsely assume responsibility, even guilt, for the family difficulty.

In reading habits, they like fairy tales, Cinderella stories; they avoid tragedies, for they are too affected by stories with sad endings.

1.  Quiet, hates loud voices

2. Cuddly, guggable

3.  Daydreamer

4. Hard to communicate, lives by feeling, won’t communicate if you pressure him

5. Talks about things with feelings, afraid to open up

6. Loves pets, best friend and animal stories

7. Difficult standing up for himself

8. Drawn to the underdog, will get violently angry when you hurt someone he loves

9. Easy to correct because they have an extreme fear of rejection


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