“As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children.” I Thessalonians 2:11
Exhorters are motivated to see people encouraged and strengthened. They are the FEET of the body and will go out of their way to bring peace, unity, and counsel to others. Usually good counselors, their words stimulate faith, and they have a God given ability to love people through difficult or negative circumstances.
Barnabas is the Bible character that typifies the gift of EXHORTATION. When the Church at Jerusalem doubted Saul’s conversion and ministry motives, it was Barnabas who came to his defense. (See Acts 9:27.) Barnabas personally took Saul to the apostles and testified on his behalf, convincing the others that Saul (later to be named Paul) could be trusted.
Exhorters are “people persons,” practical in their approach, usually patient and not quick to give up (Barnabas stayed with Paul a year).
If this gift fits your character, then exhort for the glory of God; but be careful not to neglect your own family or personal relationship with the Lord. “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men ?for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10. Always be sure to please God first!
PRAY: “Father, bestow unto me the ability to use my gifts to bring help and healing to Your body. I will not forget my need for personal fellowship with You. Thank You for helping me to set proper priorities.”