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A Gift For Everyone

What is the Gift of Exhortation?

Literal meaning  Literal meaning 
To come along side of; to encourage.

Description  Description 
The gift of exhortation is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to minister words of consolation, encouragement, comfort, and counsel to other members of the body in such a way that they feel helped and healed.

Bible references  Bible references 
Theory Practice
Romans 12:8 Acts 11:22-24
1 Thessalonians 2:11,12 Acts 14:21,22
Hebrews 10:24,25 Acts 15:30-32

Distinctives  Distinctives 
People with this gift:
  • come to the side of those who are discouraged to strengthen and reassure them;

  • confront, challenge, exhort and encourage those who have gotten off track in their faith or life;

  • help others change their behavior by applying biblical truth;

  • often have people around them because they cheer them up by their simple attitude and demeanor and down-to-earth advice;

  • emphasize God’s promises and to have confidence in the Lord’s will.

Personal traits and behaviors  Personal traits and behaviors 
A person with this gift is usually:
Positive Motivating
Challenging Sensitive
Reassuring Supportive
Trustworthy Optimistic

Cautions  Cautions 
People with this gift:
  • can sometimes be overly optimistic, too simplistic or flattering;

  • should first take time to understand where others are and what they really need;

  • may want to just say Ā«positiveĀ» things to others and avoid being confrontational when it’s needed.

Mobilizing for ministry  Mobilizing for ministry 
People with this gift are needed in the church for:
Worship leaders Church nurture visitation
Youth ministry Telephone counselling
Prison ministry Hospital visitation

Related gifts  Related gifts 
This gift belongs to the category SUPPORT. You may find useful to get information on other gifts which belong to this same category. These gifts are:
Giving Intercession