According to Jesus, mercy has two parts. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a good example. First, there is tenderness of heart: when the Samaritan saw the man lying in the road he had compassion. Second, there is action that arises from a compassionate heart: the Samaritan went to the man and bound up his wounds and helped him. Mercy is compassion that leads to action. Mercy is being moved to change the plight of another.
- Matthew 5:7 - 7