The Spiritual Gift of Exhortation Defined
to come along side of someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be
Servant #1: This person enjoys counseling others to reach their potential in Christ, to make decisions that line up with His Word, and to trust Him with their past, present, and future. This servant of God prays with people as they seek to process life in healthier ways.
Servant #2: This person loves to teach children and has done so for many years. She was quite surprised, though, to recently find out she did not have the gift of teaching but rather the spiritual gift of exhortation. After explaining the difference between teaching and exhortation and how teaching can be a platform for using the gift of exhortation, she could see that indeed this was her gifting. (For an explanation of these differences go to: Speaking Types of Spiritual Gifts)
Servant #3: This person makes up a bag of encouraging Bible verses for people going on short term mission trips to take with them and read one each day. People return commenting how the verses were just what they needed for each day.
All of these servants have the spiritual gift of exhortation but use it in different ways.
Lesson to be learned:
Let’s be careful we do not limit how God might want to use us by too narrowly defining how a spiritual gift can be exercised.