Spiritual Gifts: Encouragement
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage… (Romans 12:6-8 NIV )
Spiritual Gift of Encouragement Defined: The gift of encouragement (also called the gift of exhortation) involves motivating, encouraging, and consoling others so they mature in their walk with Jesus.
People with the Gift of Encouragement: Christians with this gift have an unusual sensitivity for and are attracted to those who are discouraged or struggling. As a result, people tend to pursue them for healing words, gracious truth, and compassionate counsel. These people also tend to have a high degree of patience and optimism. They may have a knack for one-on-one relationships and prefer working with an individual or small group.
Encouragement in Scripture: Jesus told us to love even our enemies and do good to them (Luke 6:27-35), and exhorted people to “leave your life of sin” (John 8:11). Barnabas, whose name means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36), encouraged Paul (Acts 9:27) and John Mark (Acts 15:39). Paul had this gift (Acts 14:21-22; 16:40; 20:1) as did Judas and Silas (Acts 15:31-32).
Do You Have This Gift? Do people seek you out for advice and encouragement? Do you enjoy walking with someone through difficulties? Are you attracted to those who are hurting and needy? Are you patient with people?
Would you rather speak personally with someone about their problems rather than send them to someone else for help? Do you find it easy to express joy in the presence of those who are suffering?