All Christians should show mercy to one another. In fact, the Lord instructs each believer in Jesus Christ to do so. The Apostle James spoke of a practical way of showing mercy. He said that if someone comes to us in need, we must not merely pray for them. Instead, we must also help them materially to the degree that we are able. This is how we extend mercy to the needy. Merciful acts like these are what Jesus was talking about in the Sermon on the Mount. The Lord said those who show mercy are blessed. He also said that mercy would be extended to them. While all Christians are to be obedient to the Lord in showing mercy to others, there is a special gift of extending mercy that God grants to certain believers. We can make many observations about this gift.