Exhortation (Encouragement)

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.

Scriptural References: Romans 12:8, Acts 14:21-22, Hebrews 10:25

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.

 A person with this gift is usually:

  • Positive
  • Motivating
  • Reassuring
  • Supportive
  • Challenging
  • Sensitive
  • Trustworthy
  • Optimistic

Examples of Ministry Opportunities:

Mutual Ministry Team, Visitation Ministry, small group ministry, Prayer Ministry, greeting card ministry, Serenity Inns volunteer, Reformation tutor/mentor, Gathering Meal volunteer

This gift belongs to the category SUPPORT. You may find it useful to get information on the other gift that belongs to this category: Giving.

Cautions for people with this gift: being overly optimistic, too simplistic or flattering; being aware where others are in their faith journey and what they really need.